North Carolina: Learn About the Orange County Library Station, a Book and Movie Vending Machine
From The Daily Tar Heel:
The Orange County Library Station, a new machine on the grounds of the Cedar Grove Community Center, provides a new way for library card holders to access books and movies.
Jill Wagy, the systems manager for the Orange County Public Library system, said the library station is the first of its kind on the eastern coast of the United States. It operates like a vending machine for books and movies.
Since its debut in June, the library station allows for 24/7 access to more than 250 books and DVDs, ranging from children’s books to bestselling novels and materials written in Spanish.
According to the Orange County Capital Investment Plan (CIP), the cost of installing the library station kiosk was $180,000 and annual operating costs are $40,000. Munger said these costs are more efficient than operating a small stand-alone library branch at the same site.
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