Pioneer Library System Now Open 24/7

Pioneer Library System Now Open 24/7

First 24-Hour Library in USFirst 24-Hour Libraries
in the United States

It’s official! Pioneer Library System is now open for business 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. As libraries struggle to deliver services with limited hours and funding, Pioneer is able to meet the needs of two previously underserved areas around the clock by installing the first 24-Hour Libraries in the United States.

Pioneer Library System's Ribbon Cutting CeremonyPioneer Library System's Ribbon Cutting Ceremony held October 29, 2013

The two new 24-Hour Libraries are strategically located in busy and diverse sections of the city of Norman, Oklahoma. The first 24-Hour Library is installed in front of a recreation center and junior high school on the east side of town. It is within walking distance for several apartment buildings, enabling people of all ages to browse the book selection, check out and return books, audiobooks and DVDs, pay fines with credit cards, and place or pick up holds at their convenience.

The second 24-Hour Library will be located near the Pioneer Library System administrative building. The administrative offices and small branch are located in a former Border’s bookstore, right in the heart of a busy restaurant and shopping district—making it easy to pick up and drop off books on the go.

Pioneer Library System Patron using the new 24-Hour LibraryLocal student circulates first book from 24-Hour Library

“It’s amazing to see such outpouring of support and excitement in our community,” said Lisa Wells, assistant director for Library Services. “Without the overhead and expense of adding new buildings, the 24-Hour Library is enabling us to bring more library services further into the community with unlimited hours.”

To see the local news coverage of the 24-Hour Library installation, click here.

To find out more about the 24-Hour Library, click here or contact your EnvisionWare representative.

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