The Library Vending Machine

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The Pioneer Library System in Norman, Oklahoma decided to to use technology to meet its patrons needs.

Last week, it opened the first 24-hour library vending machine in the United States. This fully automated machine will be able to to dispense more than 400 pieces of media (books/DVDs/audiobooks) and store more than 1000 returned items.

This particular model costs $200,000, which includes a touchscreen terminal that patrons use to check materials in and out. The machine can also serve as a Wi-Fi hotspot, with either open or password-protected internet access. Patrons can also pick up holds and pay fines with credit cards.

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