Tacoma’s new ‘microlibrary’ services to residents

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If you’re a voracious reader, but live in an area of town without a library — and don’t have a car, or don’t have the time to sit on a bus — just getting a new book to read can be a challenge. An all-new “Microlibrary” in Tacoma, the first of its kind in the Puget Sound, bridges that gap.

Functioning a little like a vending machine and a little like a jukebox, the Microlibrary allows people to check out books, DVDs, graphic novels, and free passes for local museums from a kiosk in Tacoma’s Eastside Community Center. After scanning a library card or Tacoma Schools ID card, users can scroll through a catalog of 500 items, select the one they want, and watch a robotic arm grab their choice.

Five months after its inception, the Microlibrary is a hit, serving 150 people in February alone. It’s an especially helpful resource for people who lost their library nearly a decade ago during the recession.

Find more information here: https://mynorthwest.com/1740185/tacoma-eastside-microlibrary/