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October 12, 2013

Norman gets first fully automated 24-hour library in United States

NORMAN — The first 24-hour automated library in the United States was installed in Norman Friday at Irving Recreational Center on Vicksburg Avenue. The library is similar to the movie box concept and will hold a combination of 400 books, audiobooks and DVDs.

“We’re so excited,” said Lisa Wells, assistant director for Library Services.

The automated library was purchased through EnvisionWare, a company that sells public computer access to the Pioneer Library system and recently installed a book sorter at the new westside library satellite in the former Borders book store. That satellite branch will be opening soon.

The automated library was manufactured in China where hundreds of the 24-hour libraries are located, many of them near subways.

The library provides public access 24 hours a day, seven days a week. People will be able to browse the book selection and check out materials, return books, audiobooks and DVDs, pay fines with credit cards, or pick up materials placed on hold.

Browsing any of the 11 Pioneer Library System locations, library patrons can reserve materials and designate the new automated library as the pickup point.

Built-in security cameras will protect the contents and the machine from vandals. A canopy with transparent, polycarbonate panels on three sides will protect the machine and patrons from the elements. The machine is ADA

accessible and has a special screen at wheelchair height.

“The city partnered with PLS on the canopy installation, the concrete and pad work and the electrical,” said Terry Floyd, city development coordinator.

The machines are proprietary to the Chinese manufacturer.

“Nobody else manufactures a product like this, that we know of, in the world,” said Jim Nelson of EnvisionWare.

It’s a case of necessity being the catalyst for invention.

“In China, we don’t have the space to build a new library so this machine is the solution,” said Rooney Zhao who came to oversee the installation.

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