Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A truck, trailer, or van equipped to serve as a mobile lending library.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A mobile library; especially, a large van designed to transport a portion of some library's collection.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a van with shelves of books; serves as a mobile library or bookstore

Etymologies

book + (auto)mobile.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
book +‎ -mobile (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The bookmobile, which is used to deliver books by the DeKalb County Library, did not clear a breezeway at Wills Creet Village assisted living that caused damage to the vehicle.

    The Times-Journal: News

  • He calls the bookmobile "an important part of the community."

    Latest Headlines - ABC 7 News

  • Tolstoy and the Purple Chair covers themes ranging from sorrow and loss to family and comfort, to remembrance and hope; it spans the time from my first visit to a bookmobile at age three across the decades to years later when I read a book a day, every day, for one year; and it includes real-life characters (family and friends) and the wonderful (or awful) characters I met in books.

    Nina Sankovitch: My First Book -- And My First Video Book Trailer

  • If even one person lost a book, the bookmobile would boycott that entire village, choosing another to visit instead.

    Masha Hamilton describes the inspiration for her 2007 novel, The Camel Bookmobile

  • The bookmobile which came to my school, eons ago, had age-specific sections.

    Age ratings for books: back in the news

  • I remember seeing the spine of it on the bookmobile -- did any of you have one of those in your area?

    Chasing Tale: August '09

  • When I was in the bookmobile the other day, there was a kid there who didn't speak English so well but was watching all the people bringing in and taking away books.

    Archive 2009-02-01

  • This was the bookmobile, operated by the county library system.

    MIND MELD: What Book Introduced You to Science Fiction?

  • She looks at me, here in front of the window, watching the boys so she won't have to worry and reading one of the stack of books I bring home every week from the bookmobile, and she shakes her head and starts again.

    The Boys

  • So we did three, four tours before that and then when we got a little bit of money together we bought a bookmobile but someone needed to have a trucker license to be able to drive this thing.

    Billie Joe Armstrong, From Green Day To Broadway

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  • I think our neighborhood was a little *too* suburban. We got a bookmobile once in my memory.

    June 19, 2007

  • Oh YES! I loved my bookmobile. :-)

    June 19, 2007

  • One of the pleasures of my rural childhood.

    June 18, 2007