Sunday, March 2, 2014

Boise Library Wants To Revive Sunday Hours, Offer Airport 'Digital Branch'

Posted By on Sun, Mar 2, 2014 at 12:00 PM

There's good reason for that giant exclamation point outside of the Boise Public Library, where some significant changes—both "old school" and "new school"—are in the works.

Library officials say they want to travel back in time and swing the doors open to the main library on Sundays for the first time in more than 30 years. This Wednesday, March 5, the Boise Public Library Board of Directors will be asked to provide open service hours at the main branch on Sundays during the summer months. The proposal is to be open Sundays 12-5 p.m. between May 31 and Aug. 31. Library management say they can provide the Sunday hours without additional budget outlays.

Meanwhile, library officials have been huddling with their information technology department and Boise airport Director Rebecca Hupp to develop what they're calling a digital library at the airport. The proposal is to construct a kiosk at the airport that would provide spaces for people to sit, read and/or plug in their electronic devices. The kiosk is also expected to include some tabletop tablets preloaded with magazines for passengers while they're waiting for their departures. The kiosk is being modeled on a similar digital library branch at the Philadelphia airport.

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