Rochester Public Library- On Wheels! Visit the Bookmobile and BookBike & ArtCart


BookmobileThe Rochester Public Library (RPL) has two great ways that regularly bring library books and other materials all over Rochester and Olmsted County: the Bookmobile and BookBike!


This amazing vehicle is truly a library on wheels! According to RPL’s website, “the Bookmobile regularly carries more than 4,500 items, including adult and children’s books, audiobooks, magazines and DVDs.” That’s a lot of library going from place to place around town! Did you know: Rochester’s Bookmobile has the largest outreach of any bookmobile in Minnesota! Way to go, RPL!

Important things to know:

Schedule: The daily schedule of times and locations can be found on the Bookmobile’s website. The Bookmobile runs Tuesdays through Saturdays, but is not open during inclement weather.

Services Note: During COVID-19, browsing in the Bookmobile is currently not allowed. The Bookmobile is available as a pickup location for materials holds. Click here for more details. Book returns are accepted at every stop! They will also issue new library cards.

BookBike & ArtCart

This more recent addition to RPL’s outreach programs has been a big hit! Starting in 2015, this miniature library + mobile art studio heads to parks roughly in a 1-mile radius from Rochester Public Library. The BookBike is stocked with library materials for check-out, community resource information, and issues new library cards. The ArtCart brings fun arts and craft projects, encouraging creativity. With new art project offerings roughly every two weeks, it’s fresh and new all season long! Read more of the BookBike’s backstory here, and the development of the ArtCart here.

Important things to know:

Schedule: Check the BookBike & ArtCart schedule here for times and locations. They will not go to regularly scheduled stops during inclement weather.

The BookBike & ArtCart will be running weekly, June 5 through September 1!

We are so fortunate to have such a robust Public Library here in Rochester, with such a wide range of offerings, services, and outreach programs. To learn more about RPL’s extensive programs and services, check out our Guide to the Rochester Public Library. Better yet, visit the Rochester Public Library, Bookmobile, or BookBike & ArtCart for yourself!

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Kim is a Rochester native who in 2006 unexpectedly found herself back in her hometown, marrying a boy she had once dated as a 15 year-old, and putting down new roots. Kim and husband David have three rambunctious boys born in 2011, 2014 and 2017. Kim works part-time at Mayo Clinic as an Education Program Coordinator, and spends the rest of her time chasing her boys and stepping on legos. She loves to escape the chaos with a run, putzing around in the garden, making guacamole in the kitchen, and enjoying a cup of coffee or a glass of wine (not all at once). She is also actively pursuing the world's greatest chocolate chip cookie recipe.


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