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2014-08-19 at 2:40PM

Brodie Street Library closing for week-long renovations starting Aug. 25

By Leith Dunick, tbnewswatch.com

Thunder Bay bookworms will have to find a new place to get their fix next week.

The Brodie Street Library is closing its doors from Aug. 25 to Sept. 1 to introduce new self-service equipment, including radio frequency identification technology.

“The new self check-out machines will be available on both floors of the library, spokesperson Jesse Roberts said in a release issued on Tuesday afternoon.

“We know that our friendly, expert staff is a valued community asset. This new self-service technology will not replace staff. It will free up staff to offer even better service in the library. Library members can get ready for RFID self service by setting a personal identification number.

Other changes planned include the relocation of the children, teen and graphic novel sections within the library, moving collections in other languages, filing reference books with non-fiction books, bringing back the Carnegie stained window and turning an adult washroom into a family washroom.

The facility will also see a floating wall build and the removal of its traditional check-out desk.

“These changes are part of our plan to embrace change and innovation,” Roberts said. “We plan to transform the way in which library service is provided, use new technology to improve access to resources and redesign our library floor plan and spaces with the needs of the community in mind.”

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