Bicycle Library

Here's a different type of library, one where you can borrow bicyles rather than books.

The Bicycle Library, operating out of a renovated double-decker bus in London, is a mobile place where you can borrow a bicycle for commuting around the city, just as one would borrow a book to read from the library.

At The Bicycle Library one can choose between seven different bicycles. But before taking it for a few days, riders can test the bicycle on the test track next the library. There is a small deposit to be paid before taking the bicycle home, as well as the option of buying the bicycle if you find that you’ve really taken to your set of wheels.

More than just offering the bicycle itself, at The Bicycle Library anybody can seek advice about cycling from the “librarian”. There are also a variety of files and books about bicycles and cycling, as well as clothes and accessories to further enhance the cycling experience. A gallery of bicycle art can be found in The Bicycle Library and bicycle-related film screenings are also held there.

What’s more, The Bicycle Library also has it’s own ambulance to fix broken bicycles. The B.Ambulance helps with servicing and customising of bicyles.

Sine The Bicycle Library is mobile, it has a GPS tracking device so that users/riders can easily track the location of the double-decker bus in real-time.