Columbia Public library to add drop boxes at banks

Friday, October 7, 2011 | 1:32 p.m. CDT; updated 3:02 p.m. CDT, Friday, October 7, 2011
The Columbia Public Library has coordinated with Columbia banks to provide book drops throughout the city. The boxes will be outside the banks shown on the map. The boxes will be installed and available at the end of October and will have 24/7 access.

COLUMBIA — The Columbia Public Library plans to add four new drop boxes for its users.

The boxes will be at community banks, accessible 24/7 and installed by the end of October, library spokeswoman Mitzi St. John said.

The library contacted businesses during the summer about the boxes, and seven were interested. Four sites were chosen based on factors including lighting, shelter and whether the business is owned locally:

  • Landmark Bank, 1000 Kennesaw Ridge Road
  • Landmark Bank, 1904 E. Broadway
  • First State Community Bank, 300 Diego Drive
  • Commerce Bank, 2000 Bernadette Drive

The library is also considering a drop box for the Cherry Hill area.

The cost for the new equipment is $6,500 per box and $1,700 for each cart used with the box. The banks are making space in their parking lots at no charge.

The drop boxes will be like the ones the library uses in its south parking lot, St. John said. Each box there holds about 500 items.

The goal is to increase convenience for library users and decrease congestion in the library parking lot.

MU student Brittany Young was returning half a dozen books to the drop box at the library on Thursday. Her only complaint about the new drop boxes is that they will be at banks instead of grocery stores.

"(Drop boxes at banks) wouldn't help me much," she said. "All of my money is tied in school and student loans."

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Robin Nuttall October 7, 2011 | 3:04 p.m.

Very cool! The Commerce Bank location is very near my house.

Having family in various places, I can say with confidence that we have a really superb library. Thanks DBRL!

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