Library goes high-tech with outdoor lockers that allow for 24/7 pickup


OSCAR GRADY LIBRARY Director Emily Laws demonstrated the use of the library’s new outdoor lockers, which allow patrons to pick up materials they ordered at any time, and on outdoor charging station. American Rescue Plan Act money was used to pay for both improvements, as well as improved outdoor Wi-Fi service coming in spring. Press file photos

Continuing to add innovations that improve its service, the Oscar Grady Library in Saukville has started using outdoor lockers that give patrons the ability to pick up materials they ordered at any time of day, seven days a week.

Patrons can arrange a locker delivery by choosing the “Oscar Grady Smart Lockers” pick up option when ordering materials through the Monarch Library System online catalog at www.monarchcatalog.org or Monarch2Go phone app.

People who placed holds on materials will receive text or email notifications when  they are ready to be picked up, as well as a QR code and numeric code to open the specific locker their materials are in. Patrons can also download the Smiota app to open their locker.

The lockers, which are in the library parking lot off Dries Street, were funded by a 2021 American Rescue Plan Act grant and are intended to provide alternative access to library services.

The library also used ARPA funds to install outdoor charging stations, and will expand outdoor Wi-Fi service by spring.

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