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Latvian town sets up a library parcel machine

The southern Latvian town of Bauska has installed the first library parcel machine in Latvia, Latvian Television reported April 4.

The parcel machine will solve three problems: books will be available to those who can't make it to the library within working hours, those who are physically unable to get to the third floor where Bauska library is located, and literature will be made available at times when the epidemiological situation prevents visits.

The machine in Bauska, with fourteen doors, looks like the usual parcel machines, and it is, by its very nature, the same. The only difference is that books ordered from the Central Library of Bauska via phone or on the Internet can be received here.

Bauska Central Library computer network administrator Jānis Balodis explained: “Our employee comes here and places a book in one of the fourteen compartments. Automatically, a person receives a code that the book is inserted in one of the lockers. When you come here, you enter a code, like any other machines, open a locker, and you can take the book."

The machine is in test mode for the time being, but the residents have already heard and used it.

Bauska is currently the only place in Latvia where the library machine is set up. In neighboring Estonia and Lithuania similar services are in place and used actively, according to the head of the library.

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