If you are one of those beloved, reliable patrons that have been coming to the Niles Library since the beginning of its existence, or you’re a slightly younger patron who has been visiting our building since the 90s, you have watched the Library evolve over the years. Long gone are the days of going to the Library purely to sit silently in a corner and study.
What started out as a tiny corner under the stairs stuffed with teen novels has become an entire Teen Underground, complete with video games and activities every month for teens.
What were once just shelves of VHS tapes are now entire departments full of Blu-rays, DVDs, and online streaming services. (Remember the “Be Kind, Rewind” stickers?)
And of course, who could forget the lines for the circulation checkout, where majority of people walked up to the rows of clerks to check out their materials because there was only one self checkout station, and it could only check out books.
Fast forward about ten years, and it’s amazing to see all of the technological advancements the Niles Library has adapted to its services. The long row of circulation computers have been replaced with multiple self checkout stations that can check out anything from books to video games. We now offer digital services like hoopla and Flipster to stream books, movies, and TV shows onto your tablet or mobile device. If you do not have wireless Internet at home, you can check out one of our WiFi Hotspots with your Niles Library card.
If you were here this past weekend for our Smash Box Weekend, then you became familiar with our two new spaces, The Creative Studio and Wonder Ground. We’re showing off all our new tech gadgets and digital services, such as our 3D printer, our vinyl cutter, and all our new video and sound recording equipment. You can print a bracelet, make a music video, sew a costume, and much, much more.
Staying current with the times is key to the Library’s success in the face of the new digital era, and we’re proud to say that our patrons can rely on us for the most up-to-date services and equipment.
So what will the Niles Library do next? Guess you’ll just have to wait and see!