Fredericton Public Library Launches Biblio Bike: First in Atlantic Canada

The Fredericton Public Library has launched its innovative new Biblio Bike, the first of its kind for Atlantic Canada.

The Biblio Bike, which will operate from late April to early October – weather dependent, will transport library materials, programming equipment, and promotional materials to various events and locations in the Fredericton community.

This new Library initiative was made possible through funding from the City of Fredericton, Fredericton Community Foundation Grant, Fredericton Public Library Board, Friends of Fredericton Public Library, and a bequest from the estate of Tara Savage and Terry Goguen.

“This mobile bike-based library will serve users and groups that would not typically visit the library, while promoting literacy and library services in the community,” said Julia Stewart, Director of the Fredericton Public Library. “Library staff can now travel along our community’s vast network of trails, stopping to set up a ‘pop-up library services’ so residents can check out or return books and sign up for a library card using the mobile circulation service.”

“This investment demonstrates the City’s commitment to the goals of Fredericton Public Library and NB Public Library Service including championing literacy and lifelong learning, and strengthening community connections and access,” said Mayor Mike O’Brien. “We are proud to be the first community in Atlantic Canada to offer such a unique service to our locals and visitors alike.”

Steven Foran built the Biblio Bike and Nathaniel Hartley designed its wrap. Both are from New Brunswick.