Drive-thru library a big hit

Unique branch draws different set of regulars

PEYTON NEELY   The Marietta Times
Melissa Reed, librarian assistant, hands Marietta resident Sara Beaver, 65, her book through the drive-thru location of the Washington County Public Library on Tuesday.

PEYTON NEELY The Marietta Times Melissa Reed, librarian assistant, hands Marietta resident Sara Beaver, 65, her book through the drive-thru location of the Washington County Public Library on Tuesday.

The new drive-thru location of the Washington County Public Library has been open for almost two months and according to the branch manager, Melanie Smith, traffic has been running in and out of the Lafayette Center location unlike anything she expected.

“We already have our regulars that stop by almost every day,” she said. “It’s really been picking up a lot lately. The newly released DVDs seem to be a huge hit along with our books we have available on CDs.”

Located in what previously was the location of Advantage Bank near Arby’s, this library location allows people to get their items from the comfort of their own car.

“The only problem we seem to have is that people are still just discovering that we are here,” said Smith. “But we do have our frequenters. The consistency varies because some days we have a line in the drive-thru and others we won’t see anyone. I guess it depends when readers finish their books or it’s time to return a DVD.”

Melissa Reed, librarian assistant, said she was working in the children’s department at the Fifth Street library and that this new location has been a big change.

“I like it though because it’s unique,” said Reed. “We really thought outside the box on this one.”

Smith said a lot of their bestsellers don’t stay on shelves long.

“It’s great to see someone come in here when they couldn’t on Fifth Street,” she said. “A lot of people will ride the bus here as well because the public bus stops outside here.”

Marietta resident Sara Beaver, 65, said that because she lives in Norwood, the new location is a million times more convenient.

“I can drop off here and pick them up while I’m out running around,” she said. “I enjoy the books on tapes that I can listen to while I’m driving or even working out.”

Smith said the Washington County Public Library has a lot planned for years to come including bicycle rentals for the River Trail, tennis racquet rentals near the Beverly branch and a new bulletin board for the front of the drive-thru extension.

“Sometimes in the morning, all six of our community computers are being used, which is incredible,” she said. “We are so excited about how far this branch has come and I really hope that we continue to enjoy it.”

At a glance

¯The drive-thru location opened at the beginning of May.

¯This extension of the Washington County Public Library is located in what was previously the location of Advantage Bank in Lafayette Center, near Arby’s.

¯For more information, such as hours, visit their Facebook page by searching Washington County Public Library.

Source: Melanie Smith, branch manager for Washington County Public Library.

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