The Brooklyn Assembly delegation was instrumental in securing a $2 million Community Capital Assistance Program grant for Brooklyn Public Library’s self-check machines.
“I am proud to see this investment in innovative library services being put to good use in Greenpoint,” said Assemblyman Joseph Lentol. “Brooklyn Public Library continues to improve and expand services here in Greenpoint and across Brooklyn.”
Self-check technology enables people to borrow and return materials more conveniently and efficiently, and allows staff to spend more time working closely with patrons and interacting with the community.
“We are thrilled to offer new self-check machines to patrons of the Greenpoint Library. In addition to expediting the check out process for our patrons, the machines also free up our staff members’ time so they can provide more personalized customer service,” said Brooklyn Public Library President & CEO Linda E. Johnson. “By taking advantage of new technologies, Brooklyn Public Library is finding novel ways to meet the needs of our customers and deliver the best programming and reference assistance possible.”
Despite cuts in funding and staffing, BPL was able to expand service hours by 21 percent over the past year as a result of their Open Libraries Initiative, which streamlined library services with operational advances such as online fines payment, centralized collection development and system-wide statistical analysis.
Currently, over half of BPL’s branches are open six days per week and more than two-thirds offer Saturday service.