book vending machine

Library book lending machines coming to Union Station

Toronto has vending machines for nearly everything including groceries, loose leaf tea and fine art. Now, if you're too busy to take a trip to the library, you may soon be able to check out books at Union Station because the Toronto Public Library is looking to install lending kiosks (they're book vending machines) at the city's busiest commuter hub.

The TPL system is already one of the busiest in the world. According to a Toronto Star report, it wants to make itself even more accessible by bringing sought after books and DVDs to those who might not currently use TPL services, such as individuals who live outside of Toronto proper. Those who work or go to school in the city are also eligible for a Toronto library card.

Other cities, including Ottawa and Edmonton, already have book lending machines. Some, as the Star report notes, even have lockers where users can pick up items they've put on hold. However, it's still unclear what these machines will look like in Toronto because the TPL hasn't found a vendor for the project yet. And, it still needs to firm a location for the machine at Union Station.

What do you think of book lending machines? Let us know in the comments.

Photo of a lending machine in Edmonton by Cloned Milkman on Flickr.


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