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Bikes and equipment

Borrow bicycles and equipment at the library for free!

Bicycles are available at the Main Library on Paint Street, the Northside Library on Buckeye Street, and the Paxton Library in Bainbridge. What a great way to explore the downtown areas, Yoctangee Park and the Paint Creek Recreational Trail!

You must call 740-702-4145 or visit the library for all bike reservations. Holds cannot be placed online for bikes.  Kiosks are available outside of the libraries for after-hours access with the On Bike Share app.

On Bike Share App for ioS

On Bike Share App for Android

If you need a helmet or a stroller/trailer when you place a reservation for a bike, please let our staff know.

Bikes may be returned to the Main Library, Northside Library, the Paxton Library, the Ross County YMCA, the Chillicothe Transit System, or the Ross County Health District.

Book-A-Bike is brought to you by a “Creating Healthy Communities” grant from the Ross County Health District.


  • Borrowers must have a current, valid library card to use equipment.
  • All adult riders must have a Lending Agreement on file.
  • Children ages 0 to 11 must have a parent or guardian present to borrow equipment.
  • Teens 12 to 18 may borrow equipment without an adult present, but must have a parent or guardian’s signed Consent Form on file.
  • Bikes and equipment may be borrowed for a maximum of two hours per day per patron.
  • All equipment must be returned at least 30 minutes before closing.
  • Bikes and equipment may not be borrowed overnight.
  • Same day holds are allowed, but not more than 3 hours in advance.
  • There are no fees or fines for Book-A-Bike.
  • Bikes and equipment not returned by the agreed upon time will be treated as theft.
  • Helmets are required.
  • Borrowers must report any damage or malfunctions to staff immediately.
  • When left unattended, equipment must be locked and secured.
  • Borrowers are responsible for stolen or lost equipment.
  • Borrowers must obey traffic laws and bike path rules and courtesies. Do not ride the
  • bike on the city sidewalk!
  • Borrowers are encouraged to have fun.

Book-A-Bike Brochure (PDF)



Why Bike?

  • Cycling is an easy way to add exercise and activity to your day.
  • Cycling builds strength and muscle tone.
  • Cycling is a good way to build stamina.
  • Cycling gets your heart pumping at a steady rate, improving cardiovascular fitness.
  • Cycling eats up calories.
  • Cycling involves the whole body (armto-leg, feet-to-hands, body-to-eye), which improves coordination.
  • Regular exercise can reduce stress and depression and improve well being and self esteem.
  • Riding a bike or pushing a stroller gets you and your family outside!
  • Have fun!

Basic Safety

  • Ride on the right. On roadways, always ride with traffic. Bicycles may use the entire lane.
  • Leave plenty of room when passing parked cars to avoid opening doors.
  • Be predictable. Always ride in a straight line. Do not weave from side to side or suddenly move out into traffic.
  • Be alert and plan ahead to avoid obstacles.
  • Always check over your shoulder before changing your lane position.
  • Never weave between parked cars.
  • Obey traffic signs and signals.
  • Use hand signals. It can be as simple as pointing in the direction you plan to go.
  • Yield to pedestrians.
  • On the bike path, alert others of your approach by ringing a bell or horn or by announcing, “Passing on your left.”
  • Riding on sidewalks jeopardizes walkers; DO NOT ride on the city sidewalks.