Ground-breaking library pod opens in shopping centre
Ipswich Libraries are rewriting the book with an innovative self-service Library Pod opening at Karalee Shopping Village.
In an Australian first for a public library, the Pod will allow members to use a mobile phone or library card to browse, borrow and return books.
The Pod opened on Friday, 4 October.
Community, Cultural and Economic Development Department general manager Ben Pole said the project was delivered in response to community trends.
“The Library Pod is a new direction for Ipswich Libraries as we continue our goal to bring more of our curated collections to more of the community,” he said.
“We are proud to continue to provide innovative solutions in delivering high quality library services for the Ipswich community.”
The Library Pod will offer a curated collection of multiple copies of the popular and trending books, in self-serve cabinets.
It also has a large touch screen where customers can browse the library’s e-books, e-magazines and downloadable audio collections and borrow immediately.
Customers can open up one of the collection cabinets, make their choice and the embedded RFID system will then automatically lend the items without needing to do anything else.
The Library Pod will also be available for book returns and item reservations made online.
Frequently Asked Questions
What are the Pod’s opening hours?
24 hours a day, 7 days a week
Where is it located?
Karalee Shopping Village, Junction Road Karalee.
Outside Coles supermarket
What services does the Pod offer?
Sign up as an Ipswich Libraries member
Borrow up to 20 items from a curated collection
Return Ipswich Libraries items
Collect reservations from the Pod
How do I use the Pod?
Scan your Library membership card or Ipswich Libraries App
The cabinet door will open
Select books/return books
Push the green button to close the door
Removed books are automatically checked out to your account
Returned books are automatically checked in on your account
Do I need to be a Library member to use the Pod?
Yes, however you can sign up on the spot using the Ipswich Libraries App.
Will I receive a membership card when joining at the Pod?
You receive a virtual card to use with the app, however if you would like a physical Library card, just drop into your closest branch.
What is the loan period?
Standard loan period of 4 weeks applies to Pod items
Standard renewal period of 2 weeks applies to Pod items
Will I receive a printed receipt?
No, you can check loans and due dates using your account online and via the Ipswich Libraries App.
How many cabinets does the Pod have?
2 cabinets for browsing/borrowing
1 cabinet for returns and reservations
How often will new titles be available?
New titles will be available every month
What collections will be available on the Pod?
Mostly Top 20 Adult Fiction, with some Top 20 Adult Non Fiction
How often will it the Pod be restocked?
The Pod will be restocked twice daily.