BART and the Library February 15, 2008Posted by Minerva in libraries, public libraries.
BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit), will soon have library lending machines in some of its stations, thanks to the Contra Costa County Library. Coming in April, the “Library-a-Go-Go” machines (yes, that’s the name), will let anyone with a CCC Library card check out the books for free. This is the first library in the country to offer such a service.
Not only is this ideal for those achingly long commutes, it also puts libraries in parts of the Bay Area that lack library branches of their own:
The idea is perfect for the far eastern area of Contra Costa County, such as Discovery Bay, Byron Knightsen and Bethel Island, where brick and mortar libraries are lacking. Readers would be able to take advantage of the service without ever having to drive to a building that would cost the county hundreds of thousands of dollars it doesn’t have.
Thanks to my intrepid informant, who sent me the link.