The City of Larkspur Library has reopened for full services five days a week Tuesday through Saturday from 11 AM to 6 PM. The Library is also excited to announce a new after-hours service available to patrons. With the generous funding of the Larkspur Library Foundation the Library has acquired a HoldIT locker, a self-service reservation kiosk, that will allow library patrons to pick up library material whenever it is most convenient. In order to use the locker system, patrons call the Library in advance to request items be placed in the locker. Library patrons will have the additional option to request materials through the Library Catalog system and choose the “Larkspur HoldIT” as the pickup location. Once the materials are available, patrons will receive an email notification that items are ready to be picked up. The HoldIT locker is a straightforward and user-friendly system-- patrons simply scan their library card barcode or type in their library card number and the locker door will open. Quick, easy, and convenient. The new, big, blue, locker is located behind the Library and City Hall on Rice Lane.
“When the pandemic began, the Larkspur Library Foundation was ready to help the Library find new ways to get library material into people's hands,” says Larkspur Library Foundation President Larry Lanctot. “We hoped it would be here sooner, but we are excited that the locker has arrived and will continue to be used long after the Library reopens.”
This first-of-a-kind service in Marin County isn’t restricted to Larkspur residents, the locker can be utilized by any patron who has a library card from any of the eight other member libraries of MARINet consortium. “The Larkspur Library is a proud member of MARINet, our local consortium, and through this partnership, we have the MARINet app. Patrons can create a digital version of their library card which the locker will scan,” Community Services Director Franklin Escobedo explained. “We had an incredible response to our curbside service, which was started in 2020 out of necessity in order to deliver Library services safely while COVID-19 public health orders were in place. Our small staff and facility does not allow us to maintain curbside service while the Library is fully operational, but we wanted to be able to continue to offer a convenient and quick way for folks to access Library materials as we restore in-person service. The locker has the added bonus of being available outside of our business hours, so folks who can’t make it when the Library is open can pick up materials when it works for their schedule. Even with the Library’s reopening, we continue to be dedicated to providing access to as much of our community in as many different ways as we feasibly can with the limited resources. When we closed at the beginning of the pandemic, we had to adapt the way we reach our patrons but it gave us the opportunity to highlight many of the digital resources that had been underutilized. Technology kept us connected but many readers still prefer to hold a book and we knew with our limited curbside hours not everyone was able to get material. We were very excited when the Larkspur Library Foundation stepped up to help make this investment possible. This new locker replaces the curbside service we had been providing while we were closed. It will also be a way for our patrons who may still be wary of entering our small space to continue to access our collection.”
The Larkspur Library Foundation has been a continuous sponsor of the Library since 1977. Their support has helped reshape the library over the years with the stained-glass windows and renovations to this latest innovation that expands the access to the Library’s collection. The Larkspur Library Foundation continues to work with the Library’s other partners The Friends of the Larkspur Library and The Commons Foundation in their efforts to raise funds for the construction of a new Library at Rose Lane. For more information about the Larkspur Library Foundation visit their website at larkspurlibraryfoundation.org.
For more information or requesting your materials to be placed in the HoldIT Locker for after-hours pickup or on how to use the MARINet App call the Larkspur Library at (415) 927-5005 or visit the Library’s website at larkspurlibrary.org. Misplaced or haven’t seen your library card in some time, stop by the Larkspur Library and get a free replacement library card. The City of Larkspur Library is located at 400 Magnolia Avenue inside City Hall.
Pictured from left to right, Larkspur Library Foundation (LLF) Board, Michael Futterman, LLF Director, Lois Patton, LFF Assistant Treasurer, Larry Lactot, LLF President, and Franklin Escobedo, Community Services Director. Not pictured Nick Tarlson, LLF Treasurer, Phil Terry, LLF Director, Lorraine Olchetree, LLF Secretary, and Wayne Wagner, LLF Director.