St. Thomas Public Library is excited to introduce four new checkout kiosks to our service model beginning in February! The new checkouts offer an easy-to-navigate, user-friendly interface for library users, and are loaded with many great features. One of the most exciting features is the integration with new eBook and eAudiobook service, cloudLibrary!

“Library users will be able to browse and checkout digital materials from cloudLibrary right at the checkouts and have the eBooks or eAudiobooks show up on their devices that have the cloudLibrary app installed,” says Sarah Macintyre, Manager of Access Services. “It’s a really seamless process that we hope our users will enjoy!”

Library users can also review their library account to see their holds, renew checked-out items, and even pay overdue fines using credit or debit right at the checkout! If you prefer to keep your library card on your phone in a digital wallet app, the checkouts will be able to scan digital cards, a capability the old scanners didn’t have.

Library users don’t need to worry about the checkouts replacing their favourite library staff. “These checkouts will allow us to create a more personalized customer service experience. Instead of being stuck behind the desk, staff will be able to move around freely and help our customers find books, use the computers, or learn new technology at the library’s Creators’ Corner. Staff can even check out your books for you quickly and easily!” says Sarah Macintyre, Manager of Access Services. “We’re not replacing any staff, we’re simply freeing them up to connect with our library users in ways they weren’t able to do before with one central checkout desk.”

Come try out the new checkouts for yourself beginning February 11, 2019!