By Spencer Seymour
The St. Marys Town Council has approved a new automated service kiosk to be installed at the Pyramid Recreation Centre that will allow patrons to access library lending services at the arena.
According to the report, presented to the Councillors by St. Marys Library CEO Sarah Andrews, the Library's services were accessed by both existing and new patrons in 2019 when the Library temporarily operated out of the PRC during the renovation of its main Church Street location. She said that not all of the people who used the Library services at the PRC followed it back when the Library's renovation was complete and the operations moved back to the downtown facility.
Because of this, the Library wants to install an automated self-service kiosk at the PRC. Patrons will be able to use this to browse, borrow, and return materials and the kiosk will be accessible using a library card and PIN number. Additionally, it will expand the ability for community members to access the library services as the PRC is open 28 more hours a week than the Library.
Andrews said that, in consultation with other libraries who have purchased a similar kiosk, their counterparts have spoke highly of the machines, reporting increases to library access thanks to the kiosks.
The machine will be equipped to hold a curated selection of 150 items, including books, DVDs, and Mi-Fi (personal Wi-Fi) devices. It is also equipped to tell patrons where a certain material is, whether it's currently being used by someone else, at the main Library, or in the PRC machine.