Convenient Book Returns

Book Drop
Book Drop Locations
Now you can use any of the 10 DBRL book drops day or night, as well as the libraries and bookmobiles to return library materials. View larger map

Columbia Public Library
100 W. Broadway, Columbia
(3 outdoor book drops)

Landmark Bank
1000 Kennesaw Ridge

Landmark Bank
1904 East Broadway

First State Community Bank

300 Diego Drive

Commerce Bank
2000 Bernadette Drive

Callaway County Public Library
710 Court St., Fulton
(1 outdoor book drop)

Southern Boone County Public Library
117 E. Broadway, Ashland
(1 outdoor book drop)

Library-To-Go, Hallsville
Ketchum’s General Store
13101 Route B, Hallsville
(1 outdoor book drop)

It happens. Those library books, CDs and DVDs you’ve been meaning to return rest on the floor of your car or get buried in yesterday’s mail as they wait for you to get over to the library to return them.

Finding time to return items over your lunch hour or between meetings and activities is a challenge for many of us, like one patron who wrote us saying, “Have you ever considered a ‘drop-off’ box in southwest Columbia? I realize I have to make an in-person visit to pick up books, but in between it would be nice to have an other-than-downtown [book] return.”

Now, you don’t need to make a special trip to the library to return materials. This fall, we’ve added four convenient new book drops at select bank locations around the metro Columbia area. Now you can drop off your books while you do your banking, go shopping along Stadium Boulevard, visit someone at Boone Hospital or attend a school event. All of the book drops are drive-up units, so returns will be a snap.

Our partner banks are as committed to this service as we are. Each one—Commerce Bank, First State Community Bank and Landmark Bank—graciously offered space for book drops at no cost to you the taxpayer and is sharing the cost of installing safety posts. Each bank worked with our staff to determine the most convenient drive-up location on their sites so you can make a quick drop-off without interfering with regular traffic.

Your convenience was a major consideration in site selection. We looked at areas of Columbia where large numbers of patrons lived, identified popular destinations, and considered the ease of getting in and out of the location when we evaluated the 19 different sites offered by area businesses.

We also hope that these new drop-off locations will ease congestion in the parking lot south of the Columbia Public Library. (We empty the two drop boxes there every hour and each one holds about 500 items.) With an average of 2,000 people using the library daily, our parking lots are very busy, and reducing the number of drivers simply returning materials will improve traffic flow.

Making it easier for you to return items also means that we’ll be able to get them back on our shelves more quickly so the next patron can check them out.

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