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Tempe Book Bike

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Tempe Public Library Book Bike


The Tempe Book Bike Program is canceled until further notice.

Tempe Public Library's Book Bike Program connects with communities outside the library doors by providing books and information about city programs and services.


What's New

Upcoming Book Bike Appearances

The Tempe Book Bike travels along city bikeways visiting parks, community centers, and other public areas. Routes adapt to the needs of the community and the weather. The Book Bike is operation from September - May. 

If you see the Book Bike out and about, make sure and say hello!

Would you like the Book Bike to make an appearance at your Tempe event or business?
Apply here.


Everyone should have access to books, but not everyone can get to the library. Now Tempe Book Bike is bringing the books to the community.

How it works

The Tempe Book Bike travels around the city providing books available for check out and information on library and city services. The bike targets underserved populations by visiting community centers, parks, and riding the streets of Tempe. Book Bike ambassadors connect with people, build strong community ties, and encourage literacy.

Underserved communities

The mobile nature of the Book Bike helps to break down barriers that can often keep people from visiting the library or other city facilities. Though the Tempe Book Bike will serve everyone, a special emphasis will be placed on Tempe veterans, seniors, and the city's homeless population. In addition to its regular routes, some of the locations the bike visits include Tempe Adult Day Health Services (assisting both seniors and those suffering from traumatic brain injuries), the Tempe First United Methodist Shower Program, and the YMCA.

The Stats



Tempe Book Bike program aims to boost literacy to underserved communities - The State Press Taylor Lane, April 17, 2019

From Crafting to Programming, Libraries are Branching Out from Books - AZ Central
Andrea Galyean, March 3, 2018

New to Tempe Library Patrons: Books by Bike - Wrangler News
October 24, 2017

The Details

The book bike was designed and customized by Icicle Tricycles. You can learn more about library book bike programs here.

This program is supported by the Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records, a division of the Secretary of State, with federal funds from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

Go to Arizona State Library webpageGo to Institute of Museum and Library Services webpage

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Staff & Contact

Sean King

Book Bike Ambassador
Sean is the Tempe Book Bike rider, sharing books and resources throughout Tempe. Sean is a Marine Veteran with experience facilitating outreach programs Valley wide.

Nick Escalante

Tempe Book Bike Grant Project Administrator
Tempe Book Bike is made possible through the LSTA grant program, administered by the Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records. Nick is responsible for coordinating all operational aspects of the grant project.

Press Inquires

Contact Melissa Quillard, Public Information Officer

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How can I help?

Sean King with Tempe Book Bike

Donate books

Drop off your donation to the Friends of the Tempe Public Library Bookstore and add a label that states "ATTN: BOOK BIKE".

You can learn more about book donation here.


The library is seeking enthusiastic individuals to assist library staff in the administration of their Book Bike program. The position will be focused on applicants with strong interpersonal skills and experience working with children, adults, and senior citizens of diverse populations and social/economic backgrounds. Interested parties should be able to ride a bicycle up to five (5) miles at a time.

Please send a City of Tempe volunteer application to

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Thank you to our partners

Go to City of Tempe Homeless Outreach webpageGo to Arizona Coalition for Military Families website

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