Richmond Public Library launches book dispenser machine technology

Richmond Public Library’s book dispensing machine at Hamilton Community Centre. (Richmond Public Library)

Residents in one Richmond neighbourhood are now able to borrow books from a vending machine-like dispenser.

Richmond Public Library (RPL) says they will be hosting an official launch event for their new book dispensing machine at Hamilton Community Centre on September 19.

Using a library card, the public can access the latest books for kids, teenagers, and adults seven days a week during the community centre’s operating hours.

Hamilton, the easternmost neighbourhood in Richmond, right next to the border with New Westminster’s Queensborough neighbourhood, does not have a physical library branch.

The book dispenser was funded by Richmond City Council and provides a cost-effective way of providing library access to the low-density neighbourhood and local elementary school, which is a part of the community centre complex.

According to RPL, the book dispensing machine is the first of its kind in British Columbia.

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