New technology in public libraries:
The Contra Costa County (California) Library is the first in the nation to offer to the public books via ATM-style vending machines under a new program called Library-a-Go-Go. The Library started this service in April 2008.
The "lending machines" hold 400 best seller titles in both fiction and non fiction. They are located at Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) stations and local shopping centers.
It is very simple to use these machines. A Library card holders can swipe his or her card, select a book, and wait for the book to drop. These books can be returned after three weeks.
For more information, visit the Contra Costa County Library.