NOTE: This article contains personal opinions and beliefs.
I have been reading the comments in my earlier “Libraries without Librarians” article at https://blog.eogn.com/2019/06/10/libraries-without-librarians/ and I believe that many of those newsletter readers have ignored a couple of basic facts when posting comments. I am moved to remind everyone of the facts that I believe are relevant.
Several people have expressed reservations about homeless people, vagrants, and other unwanted individuals having access to the unmanned library and by possible criminal activities by these individuals. Indeed, on first reading, that also was my concern. However, let’s look at the facts.
As stated in the earlier article:
“Self-service libraries are common in Europe”
“In North America, it’s still a novelty. Just five library systems — eight libraries total — have implemented it since 2016.”
“Officials at Bibliotheca, the leading company in North America that sells the required software, counts more than 750 libraries globally as users.”
The fact is that more than 750 self-service libraries are already using this business model today and are doing so successfully.