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Forgot Your Book Before Boarding? The Public Library Is At The Airport

Joey Palacios
Texas Public Radio
Ignacio Albarracin, SAPL Digital Services Manager demonstrates how materials can be downloaded to the phone

The San Antonio Public Library system is launching a digital checkout kiosk at the airport that will be available to both San Antonio residents and travelers passing through the Alamo City.

Inside Terminals A and B of the San Antonio International Airport sit two 6-foot tall, 55-inch digital touch screens with multiple charging ports, where library patrons can checkout e-books and music. It’s part of a new marketing campaign for the San Antonio Public Library’s e-book selection, says Ignacio Albarracin, the Digital Services Manager of the library.

“While e-books are our fastest growing area, we know that the potential market out there is even larger. This is a good way to spread the word,” he says.

Current library patrons can check out a book before getting on the plane. Even if someone is not from San Antonio and wants to check out a book for their next destination, that option is made available as well. The library uses a program called ‘Overdrive’ as its e-book catalog. Albarracin says they partnered with Overdrive to give non-patrons the option to download books as well.

“They found a way to create temporary library cards that work for 24-hour periods, that limit checkouts to three items and that shorten that window of reading time for seven days,” he adds.

The kiosks will stay at the airport indefinitely.

Joey Palacios can be reached atJoey@TPR.org and on Twitter at @Joeycules