Coming Soon: Milwaukee Public Library Will Launch EnvisionWare’s 24-Hour Vending Library
From the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:
Milwaukee is getting an Express Vending Library, a 24-hour vending library machine that will serve the residents of Westlawn and surrounding neighborhoods, perhaps as soon as next month.
The unit, to be anchored near the corner of N. 64th St. and W. Silver Spring Drive, will be one of a handful of vending libraries in the country. In addition to Milwaukee, units are scheduled to go up in Oklahoma City, San Diego and Fresno, Calif.
The machine can’t hold the content of your average branch library, but it is big enough to store 400 items. Librarians know their patrons, so the machine will be stocked with books, music CDs and functional materials of interest to residents in the neighborhoods.
The new system is a collaboration between the Milwaukee Library and the Housing Authority, which operates the Westlawn public housing development.
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