Bookmobile Services

BookmobileCome and join us on the Bookmobile!

We carry a wide variety of the latest materials for all ages, including books and movies - AND IT'S ALL FREE!  All you need is a library card.

You can request items from any Tulsa City-County Library and pick them up at the nearest Bookmobile stop.  You can return items from any Tulsa City-County Library to the Bookmobile. You can return Bookmobile items to any Tulsa City-County Library.  There are no fines charged on the bookmobile. 

The Bookmobile visits more than 40 sites each month, based on a biweekly or monthly schedule.  

The Bookmobile also represents the Tulsa City-County Library at community events, across Tulsa County.  For more information, please contact Outreach Services at Outreach.Services@tulsalibrary.org or 918.549.7480.

Since 1930, the Tulsa City-County Library has been visiting neighborhoods with its "library on wheels", the bookmobile. Tulsa’s first librarian, Miss Alma McGlenn commissioned a bookmobile — the first one in all of Oklahoma. Pretty soon, the bookmobile was all over Tulsa, going to places where the people were: public parks, shopping centers, schools, and even municipal swimming pools.

By the summer of 1953, four bookmobiles and two trailers were making a total of 20 to 25 stops a week. The summer before, with just two bookmobiles, nearly 40,000 books circulated, with the busiest stop at 21st and Harvard – at that location, readers borrowed 7,490 books during the summer of 1952.

In 1968, the Tulsa City-County Library received a $10,000 grant from the Office of Economic Opportunity to take library services to the “disadvantaged and culturally deprived areas”. The money was used to refurbish a bookmobile so that it featured a full-range stereo system (which librarians used to play “soul music” and other popular records at regular stops), an outside screen for showing 16 mm films, and a “psychedelic” look. There was a contest to name the new bookmobile: "Mod-Mobile" won.

In 1991, the Tulsa City-County Library purchased a new bookmobile. It served the library for 17 years until its replacement arrived, in 2008.  The current bookmobile travels more than 500 miles each month visiting 24 sites across Tulsa County.   

In 2016, the Tulsa City-County Library purchased a new bookmobile, due to the generosity of Ruth K. Nelson.  Ths 28-foot vehicle, holds 3,000 volumes for all ages.  It serves more than 40 sites each month, covering more than 750 miles across Tulsa County. This mobile library features: 

  • Self-check-out machine for customer usage – 1st bookmobile in the country with such a machine.
  • TV to broadcast info about TCCL (TV can be used inside and outside vehicle).
  • 2 adjustable height staff workstations with internet accessible laptops.
  • Lift for wheelchair access.
  • Awnings on both sides to provide shade when necessary.
  • Portable stage for presentations and small events.
  • Modular shelving to ensure collection is accessible to patrons depending on their unique needs.
  • Removable carts intended for usage outside the vehicle with a rotating collection of materials that are tailored to the event the vehicle is participating in (for example, gardening books at a farmers’ market event).
  • Hotspot checkouts for customers.
  • Solar panels and skylights.
  • Wi-fi access for customers.