New Way to Check Out Comes to Hy-Vee

Shop for groceries and use the library all in one place – how convenient!

Hy-Vee®, 2951 SW Wanamaker Rd., will become home to a library smartlocker™, where you can pick up and return books, DVDs and CDs. It’s all part of a pilot project that delivers the library to you when and where you need it. Hy-Vee is open 24/7, so you’ll always have an opportunity to get your hands on the books and DVDs you crave.

smartlockerStarting July 21, you will be able to reserve items from and select Hy-Vee smartlocker as a pick-up location. If your requested item is in, you can expect it to be delivered in about two business days. You will receive a phone call or email from the library when your item is available for pick-up.

“Everyone goes to the grocery store, so this is a great alternative to the main library, Bookmobile or Digital Branch,” said Thad Hartman, Community Services manager. “We’re really thankful to Hy-Vee for being such a great partner in getting this service out in the community.”

Look for announcements about an upcoming library card drive on our Facebook page.The next drive will be held Friday, July 25 from 11-2 pm at Hy-Vee.

“We’ll be holding drives periodically to create a fresh batch of library card-carrying members in southwest Topeka,” Thad said.

This is the second smartlocker for the library. The first one was placed in Oakland Community Center about three months ago. To date, the Oakland locker has checked out more than 250 items and more than 40 people have used it.

Sandra Clear, smartlocker user“It’s easier and more convenient to schedule a pick-up here than to go to the main library, and I can even walk,” said Sandra Clear. “My 17-year-old daughter is an avid reader, and between the two of us, we’re here two times a week.”

She recommends the locker to friends and neighbors, especially parents. “The kids will be less distracted and won’t want that ‘one more thing’ off the shelf,” she said.

Live, work or play in the Wanamaker or Oakland areas? Try out a smartlocker and tell your friends!


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