The Warrensville Heights, Ohio branch of the Cuyahoga County (Ohio) Public Library has become the first branch to feature a vending bank for patrons under a new capital improvements plan, and the first systemwide vending contract. The vending bank, which includes a snack, cold beverage and hot beverage, is located in a café section of the branch.
The CCPL has contracted Warren, Ohio-based AVI Foodsystems to service the vending machines, noted Tracy Strobel, CCPL deputy director.
The Warrensville Heights branch also has an office supply vending machine in the business center area, which includes a copy and facsimile machine. The office supply machine is operated by a local volunteer organization.
The Warrensville Heights branch is the first in a series of new CCPL branches.
Editor’s Insight: VendingMarketWatch has reported several instances in which libraries installed book kiosks in locations other than libraries, such as drug stores and transportation terminals. At the same time, traditional libraries are becoming more like community centers and business centers. Hence, the need for sit-down cafes with food and beverage machines.
The sit-down café at the Warrensville Heights, Ohio library branch resembles the cafes found in some book stores. 07-05-12 By Elliot Maras