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Complete a Brief Library Survey! Exploring More Ways to "Visit" and Check Out Materials
Monday, 25 January 2021
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​Prince William Public Libraries (PWPL) is researching new ways for library card holders to pick up materials and use its computers, Wi-Fi and other technology without coming into its libraries. PWPL is asking for community input in a brief, eight-question survey that should take no longer than three minutes to complete and will provide PWPL with invaluable information in determining additional library services to offer beyond its brick-and-mortar branches.

Some possible expansion ideas include:

A Parked Van or RV: This "mobile" library would travel around Prince William County and the City of Manassas and park in highly-visible locations. The "mobile" library may offer things such as computers and physical books, CDs and DVDs to check out, and may act as a mobile Wi-Fi hotspot.

Self-Service Holds Pickup Locker: Like Amazon lockers, these lockers would be available at locations like grocery stores, banks or convenience stores for patrons to pick up items previously placed on hold.

Vending Machine: Just like a food vending machine, these vending machines would be stocked with new and popular book, CD and DVD titles. Just like the lockers, these vending machines would be available beyond traditional library hours, but a hold request would not be needed.

Are there other ways our libraries can be more available to you? If you have heard of other libraries around the country offering new and innovative ways to access their materials and resources, let PWPL know in the survey!

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