Burnaby brings "book bikes" to libraries

Burnaby’s libraries are about to get a boost after council approved four projects totalling $225,000 on Monday, including mobile libraries on bikes and new washrooms.

Council approved $20,000 for “book bikes,” described in the staff report as “human-powered mobile library outposts.” The city will purchase one or more custom-made bicycle trailers, bike tricycles, or electric bicycles, that will be used by library staff to reach community members outside the library who might not otherwise visit the branch.

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The bulk of the funding will go to renovations at the Bob Prittie Metrotown branch, with $150,000 slated to renovate washrooms and improve accessibility, by replacing existing family washrooms and parent’s room with accessible single-stall washrooms for transgender and disabled patrons. 

The Cameron branch will see $40,000 for new shelving in the children’s section, and another $15,000 will go to replacing a damaged microfilm reader.

The city expects to spend the money on the libraries this year.

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