The Norman Transcript

October 11, 2013

Norman gets first automated library of its kind in U.S.

Joy Hampton
The Norman Transcript

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

“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 west library satellite in the former Borders book store. That satellite location also will be opening soon.

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

The library is being installed under a protected canopy where the public can have 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 CDs, pay fines with credit cards or pick up materials that have been 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 site a day or so later.

The machine is situated on an island in the parking lot in front of the Irving Recreation Center.

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

For more information, read the full story in Saturday’s Transcript.