“Booking” bikes from the library


Source: myacpl.org

Come to think of it, this makes a lot of practical sense. Upon first learning of this idea (yesterday), it had me scratching my head wondering why I didn’t think of it. Why bother building a bike sharing network from scratch? Who else is more proficient at lending items to students or the general public than libraries? So, why not have bike sharing stations located and operated at libraries?

Apparently, others think it is a good idea too. In fact, I was surprised at the number of places that offer these combined services. It would certainly reduce start-up costs, reduce bicycle theft and vandalism, and help put a bike sharing system clearly in the public eye. At some locations it’s as simple as using your library card.

For clarification – these libraries should not be confused with cities/nonprofits that refer to their bike sharing network as a “bike library.” Same concept as lending books, but the bike lending is not done via the library like the examples in this blogpost. Arcata, CA; Fort Collins, CO, and Iowa City are example cities with “bike libraries” that do not have a literature element to them.

Here’s a list of the colleges and communities I found that have bike sharing options available from the local library. If you know of other examples, please send them along! Kudos in particular must go out to Athens County, Ohio for being the trendsetter in community library bike sharing. Well done down there in Bobcat Country!



Source: myacpl.org

Source: myacpl.org

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2 Responses to “Booking” bikes from the library

  1. This is a good idea, but don’t think of it as a simpler form of bike share – bike share and bike rental are two very different beasts. What you are suggesting is bike rental (or, more accurately, bike borrowing because it is free), where the bike is returned to the place from which it was borrowed. Bike share works more like a public transportation system – bikes can be picked up almost instantly, and they are returned not to the same station. A trip on a bike share system can be one leg of a full trip, combined with a transfer to public transportation, or it can be a one-way trip on its own. Like hopping on a bus, once you’re done with the trip, you’re done with the vehicle.


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