AACA Library Research Center Bookmobile

During the 1980s and 1990s, AACA Library staff and leadership had dreams of one day owning and operating an antique bookmobile.  It was obvious that there was no better way to spread the word about the old car hobby than having a unique, purpose-built vehicle to represent the library on the road.  That dream became a reality in February 2011 when Anderson, SC resident and AACA Life Member Tom Gibson and Dave Bowman donated a custom bodied 1955 Chevrolet 3600 bookmobile that served residents of Anderson County, SC from 1956-1991.

From 1991 – 2011 the bookmobile stood motionless in a parking garage until making the trip north to Pennsylvania in April 2011.  Once in Pennsylvania the truck went to the restoration shop of Rick Hoover in Middletown, PA where it received a phenomenal off-frame restoration.  The AACA Library Bookmobile will be a regular fixture at AACA events and also non-AACA car events.  In addition to car events the bookmobile will visit schools, retirement homes, parades, community centers and just about any place it is invited!        CLICK THIS LINK TO READ BOOKMOBILE HISTORY AACA Library Car & History

The bookmobile is on temporary exhibit at the Virginia Museum of Transportation courtesy of the AACA Library and Archive Research Center and through the efforts of Tom Cox, Past President of the AACA and VMT Museum Board Vice President. The Bookmobile will be on display through March 2020.

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CLICK IMAGE to watch video on details of the restoration of the 1955 Chevrolet Bookmobile.

Librarian Chris Ritter presents the AACA Library & Research Center’s seminar for the Antique Automobile Club of America’s Annual Meeting in 2018. The seminar details the library’s newly restored 1955 Chevrolet bookmobile. He is joined by bookmobile donors Tom Gibson and Dave Bowman as well as bookmobile restorer, Rick Hoover.


Since its inception there has been something about the sight, sound, and feel of the automobile that stirs the imagination and the desire to experience the freedom of the open road. Whether it’s the clatter of the single cylinder brass era car or the heavy thumping of big block Detroit musclecars that fuels the addiction, we are all kindred spirits. Vintage cars, trucks, buses, and motorcycles are our bond.

Since 1935, AACA has had one goal: The preservation and enjoyment of automotive history of all types. From Nationals (Meets) and Tours to Regional events, AACA is here to bring enthusiasts together through exciting National activities, friendship, and Antique Automobile… an award winning 100-page full color magazine.

So, spend time with us and others sharing your passion. Join up. It’s less than the price of a tank of gas and lasts all year. Then check out our Regions and Chapters to find one near you. Get behind the wheel of AACA. We know you’re going to love the ride.  For more info … http://www.aaca.org/

FOR MORE READING: SEE The History of the Bookmobile In America