SAA Partners with Street Books

Founded in June 2011, Street Books is a bicycle-powered mobile library that serves people who live outside in Portland.

We use an old-school library pocket and a card that patrons sign and leave with us. Patrons are issued an official Street Books library card without being required to show proof of address or identification. During our shifts, patrons stop by to check out and return library books. They’re invited to be photographed with their book, and these photos and stories are collected on our Patrons page (

We are committed to providing good literature, and conversations about literature, for those who are pushed to the margins. Since our founding we have checked out thousands of paperbacks in all genres, from sci-fi to romance to memoir. Street Books fosters engagement between patrons and the housed community—and good books and conversation form the bridge.

To read more about Street Books, including how to make a donation to fund librarian shifts, bike maintenance, community outreach, and book purchases:

We welcome your onsite donations of paperback books and reading glasses!

Annual Meeting referenced: 

SAA thanks the following Sponsors for their generous support!