An Airstream Ingeniously Repurposed into a Library

Jan 19, 2010 by

Not that we needed another reason to covet vintage Airstreams, but today I would like to introduce you to the Projet Mobilivre, also known as the Bookmobile Project.  A vintage 1959 Airstream was converted into a traveling bookstore gallery no less, complete with exhibits of independent magazines, artist publications, and more literary goodness.

Fabricated by Freecell, shelves were created flush against the curved shape of the Airstream, and bungee cords hold the literary goods in place.

I love all the natural reading light that streams through the interior, complete with a sweet flower windowsill on the other end of the Airstream.

The vintage Airstream beckons you in to enjoy “a traveling exhibit of artist books, zines, and independent publications,” as seen during a visit to the University of Wisconsin.

Alas, it appears that the main Bookmobile Project website is not currently functional, but I do hope that this gem is still traveling the country, sharing with all independent literary food for thought.

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  1. very cool…reminds me of my childhood and the library mobile bus thing. this is much better of course!

  2. 2 of my favorite things, books and an airstream trailer! This is incredible!

  3. Ah, what literary heaven! This looks divine. Any chance it’s heading to Southern California anytime soon? I was recently in a bookmobile and it brought back sweet memories of childhood days spent browsing books in the bookmobile that came to my elementary school on Fridays.

  4. Oh how divine! Thank you so much for sharing this with us. Its a brilliant idea.

  5. awe-some! looks so cute n comfy.

  6. That’s so brilliant! I love it!

  7. Hahnsmum

    Really cute.. Where is this mobile bus book library situated ??? Would love to visit..Regards, Hahnsmum, Bingara, NSW, Oz

  8. What a superb bit of styling!

    Love the colours and the interior design.

  9. Glad to see that this site works well on my Droid , everything I want to do is functional. Thanks for keeping it up to date with the latest.

  10. Outstanding weblog, thanks for writing this report

  11. this is a really cool interpretation and conversion. Thank you so much for sharing this.

  12. Gaz


    It amazes me at how innovative people can be!

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  18. I hope you have a nice day! Very good article, well written and very thought out. I am looking forward to reading more of your posts in the future.

  19. Thanks for your content and I will go back again soon because this place is so interesting .looks divine. Any chance it’s heading to Southern California anytime soon? I was

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