Wilkinson Public Library Express Installed In The Mountain Village

On Wednesday May 19, Telluride's Wilkinson Public Library opened a remote vending branch in Mountain Village, giving the community "uptown" access to books and DVDs. The Wilkinson Public Library Express is stocked with 20 rows of 16 DVDs and four books with items such as the current best selling hardback Every Last One by Anna Quindlen and the newly released film "Up in the Air." The $10,000 vending machine collection will rotate regularly between 32 books and 140 DVDs and is available to all library cardholders.

Operating the machine is simple: it works just like a typical vending machine. To choose a coveted selection, just swipe a library card. The remote library, located at the entrance of The Market at Mountain Village, is open daily from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m., and includes a depository for items checked out either from the vending machine or the library itself.

“Our  extended library community has been asking for more convenient service for a few years now, and we’re delighted to be able to provide a modern, convenient way to use a library without the bricks and mortar,” said Telluride library director Barbara Brattin. “The Wilkinson Public Library Express will be a great experiment to see if Mountain Village is ready to envision a more full service library facility in its community plan.”

The installation of the vending machine was made possible by the support of several community organizations. The Wilkinson Public Library contracted to have the machine built and manufactured for $18,000 with the drop box costing $5,000. The Town of Mountain Village is providing power and Internet connection, and jointly the Telluride Mountain Village Owners Association and The Market donated the space for the machine and drop box.

For further inquiries regarding the Wilkinson Public Library Express, contact the Library at (970) 728-4519, extension 33 or 10.

About the Mountain Village:
Mountain Village, situated in the heart of the breathtaking San Juan Mountains, was incorporated in 1995 as a home rule municipality.  Its founders envisioned a European-style ski-in/ski-out, pedestrian-friendly destination resort that would complement the historic mining town of Telluride. A three-stage gondola transportation system connects the Town of Mountain Village with the Town of Telluride. Situated at 9,500 feet, Mountain Village is comparably a world apart from other resorts: it is innately spectacular, beautifully orchestrated and planned, and overflowing with style, charm and sophistication. For more information, please visit us on the Web at www.townofmountainvillage.com.

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