The Bibliocycle Will Bring You Books by Bike

Along with ReadBoston's Storymobile, these mobile libraries are literally on-the-go this summer.


Books via bike? Yes please. / Photo via Shutterstock

If we can have fresh coffee delivered by bike, then why not books?

In addition to the return of ReadBoston’s Storymobile, Boston residents will benefit this summer from a collaboration between the BPL and Boston Bikes—the Bibliocycle, a mobile collection of books that will travel around town bringing quality reading material to anyone who wants it.

The Bibliocycle is exactly what it sounds like, a bike with a trailer carrying some 50 books, which will include new releases, bestsellers, pictures books, and—appropriately—bike repair books. The Bibliocycle will visit local markets, fairs, and other community events where people can sign up for library cards and borrow up to 10 books per person. (You must return them to a brick-and-mortar location.)

The Bibliocycle has 10 scheduled stops this month:

Wednesday, July 9, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.: Tierney Learning Center
Friday, July 11, 4-6 p.m.: Allston/Harvard Farmer’s Market
Monday, July 14, 1-3 p.m.: South Boston Farmer’s Market
Tuesday, July 15, 5-7 p.m.: Elma Lewis Playhouse in the Park
Wednesday, July 16, 9:30-11:30 a.m.: ParkArts at Mt. Pleasant Street Park
Thursday, July 17, 4-6 p.m.: Dudley Town Farmer’s Market
Saturday, July 19, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.: Roslindale Farmer’s Market Bike Day
Wednesday, July 23, 9:30-11:30 a.m.: ParkArts at Mt. Pleasant Street Park
Saturday, July 26, 10 a.m.-12 p.m.: Fields Corner Farmer’s Market
Thursday, July 31, 3-5 p.m.: Dudley Town Farmer’s Market

ReadBoston’s Storymobile, which has been around for nearly two decades, is also back this summer. The mobile library travels through the city carrying free children’s books—target age: 3 to 8. The StoryMobile’s season started Monday and will visit just short of 80 different sites this summer throughout Boston neighborhoods. Check out the full lineup for details on where they’ll be and when.

The return of the Storymobile and new Bibliocycle project both encourage kids to read and continue their education through school-less summer days. The city is also expected to fund pop-up libraries by Uni in the near future after the proposal won the Office of New Urban Mechanics’ Public Space Invitational. Until then, keep your eyes peeled for books on bikes.