To ensure that the Olney community would have convenient access to some form of partial library services during the remainder of the renovation period for the Olney Library, County Executive Ike Leggett last month directed Montgomery County Public Libraries (MCPL) to explore options for creating such a service.
In response, MCPL has collaborated with the Department of Recreation and the Department of General Services (DGS) on a kiosk library that would provide the following services:
- Circulation of current titles for both children and adults in a book vending machine;
- Circulation of media (DVDs, potentially CDs) in a media vending machine;
- Pick-up of customer holds in a materials locker system; and
- Drop-off of library materials via an internal book drop.
MCPL and Montgomery County Recreation have identified the Longwood Recreation Center, 19300 Georgia Ave. in Brookeville, as the best location for the library kiosk.
The advantages of the Longwood site are:
- a safe indoor location monitored by County staff;
- plentiful parking;
- an ADA accessible facility; and
- sufficient space for the library system to provide materials for checkout, holds fulfillment and the return of materials.
MCPL estimates that completing the required procurement processes, then staging and installing the related equipment, will be accomplished in the first quarter of calendar year 2012.
For more information about the Olney project, and to see updates on the Olney interim service project, visit the Olney Library page.
POSTED AT: Friday, December 16, 2011 | 5:00:00 AM