A new 24/7 opportunity for books, movies and more is open on West Chestnut Expressway thanks to a first-of-its-kind in Missouri device.
The Springfield-Greene County Library opened “Library Express West”, an automated outdoor kiosk that will allow library card holders to get books, DVDs, music CDs or audiobooks, at the Orchard Plaza, 3872 W. Chestnut Expressway.
The kiosk will house about 340 different items that can be obtained by scanning a library card. Users can check out multiple items per visit.
You can also return books, read about library news, learn about upcoming programs and use a touch screen to search for items not in the kiosk and have them held at library locations.
The kiosk will even allow users to connect to library WiFi from 5:30 a.m. to 11 p.m.
The kiosk was put in place because of demand from residents in Springfield’s northwest side for a more accessible library branch.
“The library district doesn’t yet have the money to add a new branch there,” Library Executive Director Regina Greer Cooper said in a press statement. “This 24-hour library allows us to provide services to an underserved area of the community without the overhead and expense of adding a new building.”
The traffic at the kiosk will help determine if the library will build a full facility in the area in the future. The kiosk was funded by Friends of the Library and a grant from the State Library. Springfield-Greene County Library will pay for maintenance, utilities and lot space rental.