Report: “Jefferson County, Colo., Opens First ‘Ghost Library'”
Rachel Massman scanned her library card in the reader, punched in a four-digit code and opened the door of the Express Library West Arvada — entering into a first-of-its-kind standalone “ghost library,” where there is no staff on hand and cameras watch your every move.
“I think it’s exciting,” said the Arvada resident one morning this week. “I work at home and I got tired of looking at my own four walls. I’m very excited to try something new.”
Jefferson County Public Library is touting its new express library as a novel and convenient approach to providing library services to a society that is increasingly accustomed to automation and self-service.
[Library spokeswoman Kim] McGrigg said the cost to equip and stand up the express library was approximately $141,000, including a 5-year lease on the space. The software behind the self-access door code system, provided by library tech firm Bibliotecha, costs $9,000 per year.
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