GoLibrary or Library-a-Go-Go (Swedish: Bokomaten) is a book lending vending machine used by libraries in Sweden and the U.S. state of California. The Contra Costa Library was the body that first brought these machines to the United States.
|A young woman holding a book next to a bokomaten machine in Sweden|
The machines were developed by the Swedish company Distec and have been used in Stockholm for several years. They were introduced in California and was first used on the Bay Area Rapid Transit system at its Pittsburg/Bay Point, El Cerrito del Norte, and Millbrae Stations. The Pittsburg and El Cerrito machines are operated by the Contra Costa Public Library System. That library also has a machine at Sandy Cove Shopping Center in Discovery Bay, California, a town without a local library. The machine in Millbrae is operated by the Peninsula Library System.
The Yuba County Library, which has only one outlet and a bookmobile, plans to add a GoLibrary machine as well. There are also initiatives that adopted the GoLibrary framework but using the virtual platform such as the project launched by the national library of Singapore. A similar trend was introduced in Denmark but it involves live books and local experts that can be "checked out" for 30 minutes at a time. The experts can discuss all aspects of a subject matter with individuals or groups.
- In California, a New ATM for Books Debuts. Lynn Blumenstein. Library Journal. 26-02-2008. Retrieved 07-05-2011.
- The California State Library GoLibrary Project uses automated materials vending to aid underserved populations in new ways Archived 2011-04-18 at the Wayback Machine. Susan Kantor-Horning. Library Journal. 15-08-2009. Retrieved 07-05-2011.
- Library-a-Go-Go comes to El Cerrito del Norte BART Station. Press release. BART. 15-06-2009. Retrieved 2011-08-15.
- Library book lending machine opens at Millbrae BART Station. Press release. BART. 05-05-2011. Retrieved 07-05-2011.
- Contra Costa Library Brings Book Dispensing Machines to U.S.. Cathy E. Sanford. Library Marketing. September October 2008. Vol. 22. Number 5. Page 1. Retrieved 07-05-2011.
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- Monley, Bruce (2011). "Vending Machine Collection Dispensers in Libraries" (PDF). Queensland Government. Retrieved February 5, 2019.
- Library-a-Go-Go. Contra Costa County Library website. 2011. Retrieved 07-05-2011.
- Heaney, Michael (2013). Marketing Library and Information Services II: A Global Outlook. Berlin: IFLA Publications. p. 116. ISBN 9783110280869.
- Lushington, Nolan; Rudorf, Wolfgang; Wong, Liliane (2018). Libraries: A Design Manual. Basel: Birkhäuser. p. 19. ISBN 9783034608268.
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