May 28, 2022

Ontario: A Staff-Less Public Library Pilot Project to Take Place in Toronto

From CityNews:

Millions of people walk into Toronto public libraries each year. The majority have a safe, educational experience.

…CityNews has learned a staff-less public library pilot project is coming to Toronto and that has raised even more questions and concerns.

“We have huge concerns, not only for the delivery of the library services, but obviously the major concern is safety,” said Maureen O’Reilly, the president of the Toronto Public Libraries Union.


Under the pilot project, people will be able to enter the library using a swipe card system, likely tied to a library card. Once inside, O’Reilly says, it will be an “empty building” equipped only with security cameras.

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Georgia: Gwinnett County Public Library System Will Be First in U.S. to Offer Self-Service, Off-Hours Access (June 16, 2016)
Note: During December 2016 Self-Service Hours Were Expanded

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