May 18, 2022

Canada: A Small Public Library Branch Opens Inside the University of British Columbia Okanagan Library

From The Daily Courier (Kewlona, BC):

The Okanagan’s newest library has opened in the library of UBC Okanagan.

Described as a “self-service point,” the tiny branch offers a small selection of books and is intended to function mainly as an online resource centre for students and as a place where they can pick up and drop off materials from the Okanagan Regional Library’s collection.

Creating a small library within a much bigger one may seem redundant, ORL executive director Don Nettleton agrees, but he says the new branch will complement rather than duplicate existing services on the UBCO campus.

“The main thing this new branch can do is better connect students, and everyone else at UBCO, to our physical collection as well as our digital database,” Nettleton said Thursday.

The new library branch, only about 250 square feet in size, has a few chairs and desks, a couple of computers and a few shelves filled with books of popular fiction.

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