Grab your helmet, fill-up your water bottle, hop on your bicycle and ride out to your nearest San Mateo County Libraries location during our Express Service hours on Saturday, May 22, 2021 in celebration of Bike to Your Library Day! We know many of you have been enjoying riding your bikes this past year, so make sure to visit us that Saturday to pick up some fun bicycle swag courtesy of Commute.org, opens a new window.
Between 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM and 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM (exception: Pacifica Sanchez Library, which hours are 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM) all of our libraries will provide a free Bike Month, opens a new window canvas messenger bag from our community partner Commute.org, while supplies last.
In addition to Bike to Your Library Day, consider using our Book-A-Bike service. Bikes will now be loaned for one week. That’s right, 7 days of unlimited bike use! As of now, this service is available at the Belmont Library, opens a new window only. Borrowing and returning will take place near the amphitheater of the Belmont Library.
How to Book-A-Bike:
How do you qualify to borrow a bike? We’re glad you asked! Here’s what you’ll need:
- Must be 18 years or older and live in San Mateo County
- Have a valid library card that begins with “29041”
- Complete a waiver, opens a new window, prior to borrowing the bicycle.
- We’ve made the Book-A-Bike reservation process easy. Visit the Book-A-Bike reservation page,, opens a new window to get started.
After your booking has been made, library staff will coordinate with you to make a pick-up reservation at the Belmont Library. Upon your arrival to borrow the bicycle, our staff will use a contactless process to provide you with all the necessary components; this will happen near the entrance of the Belmont Library amphitheater.
For more about Book-A-Bike procedures, check out our FAQs, opens a new window.
With an eye for easy-to-ride, reliable bikes, we purchased a fleet of four low-maintenance bicycles. Many of the bike’s components, including a carbon drive belt, three-speed internal gear hub, and flat-free tires, should ensure a smooth ride for patrons and less maintenance for staff. Other accessories include a helmet with a GoPro mount, a basket for cargo, bike light and charging cable, bike lock, bike bell, and first aid kit.
Great Bicycle Resources Worth Checking Out
- The Urban Cycling Survival Guide, opens a new window by Yvonne Bambrick
- Silicon Valley Bike Coalition Maps
- C/CAG of San Mateo County Bike Maps, opens a new window
- CA DMV Bicycle Safety Tips & Laws, opens a new window
- "Urban Bicycling Basics: Rules of the Road" video, opens a new window, published by San Francisco Bike Coalition
- “How to Choose a Cycle Helmet” video, opens a new window by the Global Cycling Network.