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Library drive-thru window makes checkout easier

(Courtesy photo)

(Courtesy photo)

Add another errand to run at lunch time - pick up those books you put on hold at the Prescott Valley Public Library. Now open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Monday through Friday, the drive-up window makes checking out books easy, especially if it's raining outside or if you are still in pajamas.

The drive-through window, next to the drop-off window, opened for service in February and patrons are starting to use it more often, said Librarian Megan Hammond who coordinates library volunteers. Staffing the window with volunteers is the goal, and Hammond said she is still recruiting and training for the position.

"We are hoping to extend the hours," Hammond said. "People also run errands after work, but we have fewer volunteers and fewer staff in the evenings."

Library patrons have a choice when they place a book on hold online. Clicking on the Prescott Valley Public Library location will bring a drop down menu with two choices - the library or the drive-through. When patrons select drive-through, the books are shelved next to the window. Otherwise, the books wind up on the hold shelves on the main floor.

Library staff recently reminded Terry Lambrecht of the selection process when he requested his book at the drive-through and it was on the main floor hold shelf. When this happens, staff must either leave the window and go fetch the book, or the patron parks his or her vehicle and walks into the building.

Mondays seem to be the busiest day for the drive-through, but then, it's the busiest day for the library in general, Hammond said. Patrons do need to have their library card ready as they approach the window.

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