St. Thomas Public Library, September 6, 2016 – St. Thomas Public Library is happy to announce that on Wednesday September 21st at 11am, it will launch a brand new service in the Elgin Mall – a Library Lending Kiosk! The new kiosk works like a vending machine, but instead of bottled drinks or a snack, the unit dispenses library books!
“We are really excited about this lending kiosk, because it gives us a new way to allow library card holders to borrow books from the library, without ever having to set foot in the building!” says Sarah Macintyre, Systems and Support services Librarian, “All you have to do is enter your library card, and select the title you want. The book drops down, and you can take it home with you for 3 weeks!”
The lending kiosk was generously sponsored by the Friends of the Library group, which have a used book shop in the Elgin Mall. “The Friends of St. Thomas Public Library are volunteers who have donated over $200,000 to the Library since their inception in 1994.” says Greg Grondin, Chair of the Friends, “We are so pleased to have been able to donate the funds for this exciting project”.
The decision to place the lending kiosk was in part due to the fact that the Library worked out of the mall during its building renovations in 2011. “Library customers really liked having a presence at the mall, and miss having us there,” says Rudi Denham, CEO, “So naturally we wanted to reach out to our customers near the mall, to try and provide increased library services to them.”
The new library lending kiosk services will launch with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Wednesday September 21st at 11am.