The Locker Experiment
On August 31, 2010 we cut the ribbon in Hallsville to mark the addition of the Library-To-Go pilot project, the first self-service lockers installed by Daniel Boone Regional Library and the first ones installed in a rural community anywhere in the United States. Would it be a success?
One year later, the numbers show that Library-To-Go proved to be a winner with use exceeding our expectations. The average monthly circulation is 466 items, and circulation spiked in March at 625 items. To keep up with demand, we make deliveries daily.
We attribute the popularity of this service to several factors. People like the convenience of being able to request materials and have them delivered closer to home. The strong community support reinforces use. And the accessible location of Ketchum’s General Store makes it easy to use. A drive-up book drop outside Ketchum’s gives patrons a convenient way to return library materials.
We hear a lot of positive feedback, too, from delivery drivers who frequently visit Ketchum’s General Store to a two-year-old who called it the “magic library.”
Now that we know what a success Library-To-Go is, the library may consider installing lockers at other places in Boone and Callaway Counties.