$75K State Grant to Pay for Remote Lockers in 2025 Sawyer Free Library


Patrons of the Sawyer Free Library in Gloucester, Mass., will soon be able to pick up a book, CD, or iPad after hours thanks to a $75,000 grant from the Massachusetts Cultural Council.

The money will be used to install remote lockers in the renovated and expanded library, which is scheduled to open in 2025 and undergo a $29 million renovation, reports the Boston Globe.

During the Covid-19 pandemic, the library began offering online and contactless services, including curbside pickup and home delivery, as well as expanding digital and technology offerings.

The remote lockers will allow patrons to order materials on their own terms, "giving them control over when, where, and how they access library services," library director Jenny Benedict says in a press release.

Patrons will be able to open the lockers using a one-time code.

"During the pandemic, we started curbside service and now will use the unrestricted grant to install remote lockers with after-hours access in the 2025 Sawyer Free Library's vestibule, offering another level of customer service to the community," Benedict says.

"Patrons will be able to collect reserved materials late in the evening or early in the morning through the use of one of the secure lockers that can be opened using a one-time code."

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