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Wilkinson's Remote Vending Library in Mountain Village

Wilkinson Public Library opens a remote vending branch in Mountain Village.

May 19, 2010 (Mountain Village, Colo.) – Beginning today, the community now has access to books and DVDs at their fingertips, literally. The Wilkinson Public Library has expanded into Mountain Village, offering a small remote library branch in the form of a vending machine. Named Wilkinson Public Library Express, the machine is stocked with 20 rows of 16 DVDs and four books with items like the current best selling hardback Every Last One by Anna Quindlen and the newly released film Up in the Air. The $10,000 vending machine collection will rotate regularly between 32 books and 140 DVDs and is available to all library cardholders.

Operating the machine is simple – it works just like a typical vending machine. With rows of books and DVDs, all one has to do is swipe their library card and choose their coveted selection. The remote library, located at the entrance of The Market at Mountain Village, is open daily from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m., and includes a depository for either items checked out from the vending machine or the library itself.

“Our library community has been asking for more convenient service for a few years now, and we’re delighted to be able to provide a modern, convenient way to use a library without the bricks and mortar,” said Library Director Barbara Brattin. “The Wilkinson Public Library Express will be a great experiment to see if Mountain Village is ready to envision a more full service library facility in its community plan.”

The installation of the vending machine was made possible by the support of several community organizations. The Wilkinson Public Library contracted to have the machine built and manufactured for $18,000 with the drop box costing $5,000. The Town of Mountain Village is providing power and Internet connection, and jointly the Telluride Mountain Village Owners Association and The Market donated the space for the machine and drop box.

For further inquiries regarding the Wilkinson Public Library Express, contact the Library at (970) 728-4519, extension 33 or 10.