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A Library Kiosk At the Station

The Toronto Public Library is studying the idea of installing an automated kiosk at Union Station, where patrons could borrow a book with the simple swipe of their library cards at any time of day.

It’s not a new concept — these machines have been in place in Europe and in the United States — but the idea is slowly gaining steam in Canada.

Earlier this year, the library board agreed to investigate the idea of installing one of these self-service kiosks, in part because it would create a visible presence in a busy hub that is being renovated. By 2016, 330,000 passengers are projected to pass through the station daily.

“They look like vending machines that can hold books, paperbacks, hard covers, CDs and DVDs,” said Anne Bailey, director of branch libraries for the Toronto Public Library. A simple touch screen allows borrowers to see what in the machine.

“We’re often asked for service in locations where we wouldn’t want to put a branch. This might be a way to offer some level of service in a cost-effective manner.”

The cost for a single library kiosk and related collections is estimated at about $200,000 plus additional ongoing operating costs of about $15,000 a year. A branch library could cost millions.

Full Article Link: http://www.thestar.com/news/gta/article/845357--automated-kiosks-for-library-books?bn=1

Local note: We seek innovative ideas for consideration for our library. Submit your insights so that we may have substantive discussions as to the practicality of implementation! Brain storming is a healthy thing. Contact Richard Thau, your library director at thau@haverfordlibrary.org

 

Talking Points!

OCLC has published an insightful two-page pdf document on "How Libraries Stack Up".

Do explore the link.

People interested in learning about the dynamic nature of today's libraries should take a look at the document in question. Some of the findings will astound you!

-Richard Thau 

The Facts

OCLC has published an insightful two-page pdf document on "How Libraries Stack Up".

Do explore the link.

People interested in learning about the dynamic nature of today's libraries should take a look at the document in question. Some of the findings will astound you!

-Richard Thau  /  thau@haverfordlibrary.org

 

A Vital Library

The Haverford Township Free Library is the community gathering place, a cultural destination and a gateway to ideas for citizens of all ages.  Our collection is made up of books, magazines, movies, music and audio books.  We have public computers that provide access to our library catalog, the Internet, as well as, the many databases to which the library community subscribes. 

We host a variety of programs for people of all ages.  We offer library and information services at our service desks where a librarian will strive to assist inquiries that you may have, whether it pertains to research or general interest. 

All of this makes the Haverford Township Free Library a very special place to visit.  Please browse our website where you can check the online catalog, access databases and find out more about the services we offer.

Whether you are visiting the Library on our website or in person, I hope that you have an enjoyable experience!