Omaha now has a library with handlebars.
Today Omaha Public Library debuted its book bike, a long blue bicycle with a trailer of books in tow. The bike’s a variation on a traditional bookmobile. Its trailer is stocked with with books to borrow and take, with iPads so people can sign up for library cards, download e-books and learn about other services.
To the best of our knowledge, it’s the only Wi-Fi-enabled bike in town.
The custom-made bike was built by Omaha Bicycle Co., 6015 Maple St., and largely masterminded by Jason Goossen, IT services manager at OPL.
You’ll be able to spot the bike at various upcoming events in town, including Dundee Days and ARTsarben. It will soon be a staple at street fairs, parades, festivals and outdoor concerts. Depending on the event, the bike will hold a variety of books and other items.
For OPL, the bike is a means of outreach.
“We have been making a concerted effort to get out into the community more instead of asking everyone to come to us,” said Emily Getzschman, OPL marketing manager.
The library hopes, she said, the book bike will find those who maybe haven’t set foot in the library in years and that it can show them everything OPL has to offer. Like a library made out of bike.
You can learn more about the bike at omahapubliclibrary.org/book-bike