Bookmobiles in the U.S.

1950 603 (highest states are North Carolina at 87, Missouri at 48, Ohio at 47)
1989 921 (highest states are Kentucky at 109, No. Carolina at 51, Ohio at 50)
1990 1,102 (highest states are Kentucky at 113 and California at 66)
1991 1,125 (highest states are Kentucky at 110 and California at 67)
1992 1,066 (highest states are Kentucky at 110 and California at 70)
1993 1,035 (highest states are Kentucky at 107 and California at 63)
1994 997 (highest states are Kentucky at 105 and Ohio at 60)
1995 978 (highest states are Kentucky at 103 and Ohio at 61)
1996 966 (highest states are Kentucky at 97 and Ohio at 63)
1997 947 (highest states are Kentucky at 97 and Ohio at 62)
1998 933 (highest states are Kentucky at 98 and Ohio at 64)
1999 907 (highest states are Kentucky at 94 and Ohio at 66)
2000 884 (highest states are Kentucky at 94 and Ohio at 66)
2001 879 (highest states are Kentucky at 94 and Ohio at 66)
2002 873 (highest states are Kentucky at 95 and Ohio at 66)
2003 864 (highest states are Kentucky at 98 and Ohio at 66)

Sources: Except for 1950, these figures come from the annual report on Public Libraries in the United States: FY XXXX published by the National Center for Education Statistics. The statistics are on Table 2. The 1950 figures are from Table 14 in Public Library Statistics, Bulletin, 1953, No. 9 from the U.S. Department of Health, Education, and Welfare; Office of Education – the predecessor of NCES. We also checked reports from the same agency covering 1938-39, 1944-45, 1968, 1974, and 1977-78, but could not find comparable figures. State library data consulted for 2003 figure.

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Bookmobiles in the U.S.