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Boston Public Library's Bibliocycle rolls through City's Neighborhoods

April 29, 2015

Boston Public Library

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The BPL Bibliocycle, a bike and book trailer partnership with Boston Bikes, returns to the streets of Boston in its second season, visiting street fairs, markets, and community events to meet people where they are and deliver library services on-the-go. The first stop for the Bibliocycle will be on Saturday, May 16, at the Kite and Bike Festival in Franklin Park.

“This program provides an abundance of educational opportunities for community members at a variety of local cultural events. I encourage Bostonians to utilize this great resource and learn more about the free services our library system offers,” said Mayor Martin J. Walsh.

Features of the Bibliocycle program include library card sign up, book checkout, demonstrations of BPL’s digital resources, help with reference questions, and pop-up story times. The mobile collection of up to 50 books includes new releases, bestsellers, cooking, gardening, picture books, and bike repair titles.

“The Bibliocycle gives Boston Public Library the opportunity to serve community members beyond library walls and grow our programs in an engaging and dynamic way,” said Katrina Morse, program organizer and Branch Librarian at the Parker Hill Branch.

The Bibliocycle travels to Government Center, Roslindale, Roxbury, South Boston, and more in May and June. The complete schedule of Bibliocycle destinations, including a form where interested organizations may request a visit from the Bibliocycle, can be found at The Bibliocycle checkout limit is 10 items per person. The Bibliocycle team is not equipped to handle fines and book returns. Patrons will need to visit one of the BPL’s many brick-and-mortar locations to complete that type of transaction.

Boston Public Library has a Central Library, twenty-four branches, map center, business library, and a website filled with digital content and services. Established in 1848, the Boston Public Library has pioneered public library service in America. It was the first large free municipal library in the United States, the first public library to lend books, the first to have a branch library, and the first to have a children’s room. Each year, the Boston Public Library hosts thousands of programs and serves millions of people. All of its programs and exhibitions are free and open to the public. At the Boston Public Library, books are just the beginning. To learn more, visit