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October 12, 2013

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

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NORMAN —

Pioneer purchased the initial machine at a discounted price of $95,000. The model delivered Friday is an updated version from the model originally being sold when PLS ordered the machine months ago. The machine was shipped via boat.

The trip was slow starting. At the dock, Chinese officials randomly pulled out 30 containers for a spot inspection. The automated library was in one of those containers and it missed the boat. The next boat was delayed because of a tropical storm. The 24-7 library finally arrived at a dock in California on Monday and cleared customs on Wednesday. It was then trucked to Oklahoma.

Former council members Roger Gallagher, Linda Lockett and Dave Spaulding were instrumental in bringing the new library service point to the eastside. Gallagher, in particular, pushed for an eastside satellite as talks commenced about the new westside satellite opportunity. The westside branch will be housed with PLS administrative services in the former Border’s bookstore.

Gallagher sought a storefront property for an eastside site branch, but the expenses — including the need for materials and library staff — made the cost prohibitive. City plans include an eastside satellite in the community center slated to be built adjacent to Fire Station No. 9 on Alameda east of 24th Avenue Southeast.

Joy Hampton

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