The Seattle Public Library

Your Account | Print-Friendly

February 12, 2016

Using the Library

Library on the Go : Books on Bikes

Header Image

Library Locator

Map of Library Locations


Library Closed Monday, Feb. 15

All locations of The Seattle Public Library and the book drops at the Central Library will be closed on Presidents Day, Monday, Feb. 15.


Possible service interruption in online Library services Feb. 13 - 14

The Library will be performing maintenance on our network. While we are not expecting service interruptions during this period, there might be brief interruptions in online services. You will be able to search the Bibliocommons catalog, but may not be able to log in, place holds, renew items or use other catalog features. The former Library catalog (Horizon Information Portal) may experience outages as well. SPL Mobile, access to e-books, free music downloads and many databases and applications also may be affected.

Books on Bikes

Books on Bikes

Using pedal power and customized bicycle trailers, Books on Bikes brings Library services to popular community events around Seattle. A total of 16 Library staff members from across the system make up the Books on Bikes team.

Books on Bikes has three trailers in our fleet:

  • The original trailer developed and constructed by Colin Stevens, who runs Haulin' Colin in Seattle. It was specially designed to handle a lot of weight, as well as display books and other materials on the built-in shelves. It has a handy umbrella holder to keep books from getting wet if it rains.
  • A compact flat-top trailer decorated with an urban cityscape designed and painted by Seattle artist Eroyn Franklin.
  • A covered "reading wagon" trailer featuring a kid-friendly design also created by Eroyn Franklin.


View the video of former Mayor Mike McGinn and City Librarian Marcellus Turner, who joined the Books on Bikes team at TOPS Elementary to launch the program in May 2013.


With Books on Bikes you can:

  • Sign up for a Library card and choose from one of our six great designs
  • Find out about free Library programs in your neighborhood including story times for children and adults
  • Learn how to download e-books, music and more straight to your smartphone, tablet or e-reader
  • Tell us a little bit about what you like (and dislike!) to read. We'll email you Your Next Five Books
  • Discover how to access Library magazines on your smartphone or tablet.



Check our calendar to find out when Books on Bikes is coming to your neighborhood: