As the COVID-19 pandemic wears on, organizations of all types and sizes are coming up with creative ways to serve their patrons — including libraries. And one way to keep people safe, facilitate contactless transactions, and promote social distancing is to implement smart lockers, a project Wilmington Public Library in Wilmington, Illinois, has recently completed.
The library, which has been operating in limited capacities in recent months, installed Smiota’s smart lockers in a permanent 9’x12’ temperature-controlled structure explicitly designed for this purpose. Not only does the shelter allow for safe, distanced library material pickup, but it keeps people guarded against unpredictable Midwestern weather when they’re picking up their library materials.
“I don’t want people standing outside, I don’t want people to worry that the cold is going to freeze the locks or that everybody will get soaking wet in a rainstorm or that the materials are going to get wet. So, we started planning a structure,” said Maria Meachum, Wilmington Public Library Director, in a Free Press Advocate article.
Smart lockers also allow patrons to pick up their materials after hours, and Meachum anticipates using Smiota’s technology to facilitate automatic checkouts. “We’re working with Smiota to integrate the smart locker with our software so that when the patron opens the door, it will trigger an automatic checkout of the things that we put in there,” Meachum reported to Free Press Advocate.
Visit Wilmington Public Library’s website to see how the patrons and librarians use Smiota’s smart locker technology in their new building.
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