24-hour library opens at West Central Community Center

There are less than ten of them in the country and now, Spokane is one of the few! Tuesday, the Spokane Library opened their first 24-hour library machine.

Gone are the days where you have to race to the library to pick up your reserved book before closing or return a DVD to avoid a late fee. Now, 340 titles are yours, with the touch of a button.

There, you can check out a library book or movie 365 days a year, 7 days a week. The collection changes every month and they already have some pretty in demand titles. To access them, all you need is a library card.

Spokane Library’s Rae-Lynn Barden said, “if you don’t see a title you that you want in this 24/7 library, you can browse our system catalog and have a hold placed here and pick it up at any time.”

You can also return books from any library here. The location was chosen because the library discovered a service gap in the west central neighborhood.

“This is also the only community center in the city without a library on it’s campus. So it was a natural fit,” added Barden.

The price tag on the machine is $200,000 and was paid for through fund-raising and grant money.

It has two security cameras and shatter proof glass. The inside is temperature controlled, but a permanent roof will be installed in the coming weeks for extreme weather.