The Mécanique des Mots, a mobile book shop in North Brittany

France Bretagne

Short presentation

The Mechanics of Words truck, a traveling bookshop, crisscrosses the departments of Ille-et-Vilaine and Côtes d'Armor to provide access to books.


To offer access to books (classics and new titles) and human advice to rural areas without bookshops.

Contexte (territory issues, targeted audience)

Sale of new books in villages without a bookstore. The Mécaniques des mots truck will be present in various markets.

Target audience:
- Large public

Actions implemented

La Mécanique des Mots is a pretty truck that will be on the roads of the north Ille et Vilaine and Côtes d'Armor at the end of September 2019, on the markets, with 3200 books available on site and 750 000 you can order!
The Mécanique des Mots will be present in low season, in Lancieux, Matignon, Dinan, Hédé-Bazouges, Dol de Bretagne, Evran, Plancoët and Betton and in high season, in addition, in Saint Cast le Guildo, Saint Suliac, Saint Jacut de la Mer, Dinard, on the markets. And once a month, an author will be invited for meetings and discussions around a book or a theme.

Human resources and partners

A truck converted into a mini-library
A stock of books (more than 3000 references) + management software

La Mécanique des Mots will work in partnership with "Accéleratrice de Particules", a place for meetings and exchanges, a café concert, a grocery store on a short circuit, an ethical and human place, in Saint André des Eaux. It will also have a strong link with the Théâtre de Becherel, which defends culture and humanity, dialogue and exchange.

Other information

Project's start year : 2019

Points of vigilance, difficulties to pass through, success factors

More information about mobile book stores in France:

Some projects to discover :
Cyclo-bookstores : Libricyclette (Allier) ; CycloFil (Bayonne) ; Cultureuil (région parisienne : Plateau de Saclay et Vallée de Chevreuse) ;
Truck-bookstores : Libre cours (région Toulousaine) ; Le Mokiroule (Ardèche) ; la Tintinnambulante (Loir et Cher)


La mécanique des mots (Mechanics of Words) (Company, Private structure )
22830 Plouasne
Contact : Alice Ruëst