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West Fargo Public Library to offer 'Redbox' for books

A new West Fargo Public Library book vending machine at the Cash Wise Food Store in West Fargo will be unveiled Saturday. Photo by Josh Francis

The West Fargo Public Library will unveil its new vending machine kiosk at the Cash Wise store on 32nd Avenue and Veterans Boulevard.

An opening ceremony for the new book vending machine will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. The new vending machine is called a Lending Library, and was acquired from a company called Piknic.

“Although library vending machines have been in use for a few years, ours is the only one in the state of North Dakota and the first in the Fargo-Moorhead region,” said West Fargo Library Director Sandra Hannahs.

The vending machine works like a Redbox but for books, she added. Customers can check out a book and the machine will also print out a receipt to tell users when the book is due back. Books dispensed from the machine can be returned to the machine, at the West Fargo Library, or at a book return located at Eagle Run Plaza. Books have to be returned within three weeks.

The machine can hold about 250 books and selections will vary. Any West Fargo library card holder can use the machine but library cards from Fargo will not work on the machine.

Hannahs said the decision to install more of the vending machines throughout the city will be dependent on the use of the machine at Cash Wise.

Hannahs also thanked Cash Wise for allowing the machine to be set up outside its store.

“We’re grateful to the local Cash Wise for their support of both literacy and the West Fargo community as they generously provide the space for this service,” Hannahs said.

Josh Francis

Josh is a general assignment reporter for The Forum and the sports reporter for the West Fargo Pioneer. Josh previously interned as a reporter for the Reading Eagle in Reading, Penn. and worked as a freelance reporter for the Orange County Register in California. He welcomes story ideas via email or phone. Have a comment to share about a story? Letters to the editor should include author’s name, address and phone number. Generally, letters should be no longer than 250 words. All letters are subject to editing. Send to letters@forumcomm.com.

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