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Monolayer lubricant films applied to head-disk interface of hard disk drives consist of bonded and mobile molecules. We measured the diffusion coefficient of mobile molecules that spread through the spaces not covered with bonded molecules and revealed its dependence on the coverage fraction. The diffusion coefficient gradually decreased with increasing coverage from 0.2 to 0.8, and its trend was well represented by reptation theory. However, the diffusion coefficient significantly decreased at a coverage higher than 0.8, in contrast to the prediction of reptation theory. The reason for this decrease is thought to be the disappearance of minimum spaces required for mobile molecules to spread through.