Franklin County Library brings the first Envisionware 24 hour library kiosk to Virginia

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Franklin County (WFXR) — If you’re an avid reader and live near U.S. Route 220 in Franklin County you now have access to a very convenient and modern library. 

The Franklin County Public Library has installed an Envisionware self-serve library. The first of its kind in Virginia. The kiosk is one of several public resources funded through a roughly $140,000 Cares Act Grant.

“Largely with the Cares Act Functions that came into the county this was one of the proposals that was on the board, to create an atmosphere where people who couldn’t get into buildings could have access to library materials and so that remote idea has been a big part of it.”

Wayne Keith, Director of Mobile Media Services – Franklin County Library

The public library located at the Summit View Business Park in Rocky Mount provides access to an array of library materials 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The kiosk has 235 items available for check out.

Franklin County Library Director of Mobile Media Services, Wayne Keith visits the kiosk daily to switch out the selection.

“We are really set up for all ages and we have children’s materials, adult materials, DVDs, we actually have PPE’s in here, so masks and sanitizers, those kind of things.”

Wayne Keith, Director of Mobile Media Services – Franklin County Library

The machine is also Wi-Fi-enabled. The kiosk’s free Wi-Fi service allows users to download e-books and audiobooks to their smartphones or tablets, check their library accounts, and access thousands of fiction and nonfiction titles from the OverDrive digital materials collection.

A Franklin County Public Library card is required to borrow all items and can be obtained at one of the library branches.

  • 355 Franklin St, Rocky Mount, VA 24151: Tuesday & Wednesday, 9A-5P; Thursday, 10A-6P
  • 84 Westlake Rd, Hardy, VA 24101: Tuesday, 9A-5P; Wednesday, 9A-3P; Thursday, 10A-6P

To learn more about Franklin County Libraries, click here.

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