Toronto Public Library Hopes to Put Book-Lending Vending Machine at City’s Union Station
From The Star:
The Toronto Public Library hopes to roll out a book-lending machine at Union Station by the end of the year. If it’s successful, more could be on their way.
The move is a novel idea aimed at making the library more accessible to Torontonians and broadening the number of users, which sits around 18.5 million annually.
“You aren’t expecting a library presence in Union Station, so it will be a convenient way for commuters to access library content,” said Ana-Maria Critchley, the library’s manager of stakeholder relations.
Several cities have strategically placed kiosks at transit hubs so readers can borrow books for the short period of time they spend waiting for a subway or bus.
The article includes examples of similar projects elsewhere in Canada and California.
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Books and More: A Few More Library Vending Machine (aka “Kiosk”) Examples
- Borrow an iPad Using a Vending Machine, A New Service From Drexel University Libraries & Free Library of Philadelphia Partnership (April 3, 2015)
- San Diego County Public Library Opens 24/7 Library Kiosk, First of Its Kind on West Coast (December 20, 2013)
- Pennsylvania: Northland Public Library Places Book/DVD Kiosks at Local YMCA and Community Center (May 10, 2013)
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