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Billings Library offers increased access with new pickup lockers

The pickup locker at the Billings Public Library.
Jess Sheldahl
Yellowstone Public Radio
The pickup locker at the Billings Public Library.

Billings residents now have 24/7 access to library materials thanks to a new locker system.

The Billings Public Library hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony Wednesday for the express lockers, which the library started using in late December.

The express lockers allow library cardholders to pick up materials they’ve put on hold at any time. It’s an effort to make library materials accessible to those who can’t visit during regular hours.

Leslie Modrow, director of the Billings Public Library Foundation, says the community stepped up to fund the project.

“It was visionary community leaders and volunteers who knew that just taxpayer money could not provide the dynamic library that we have today,” Modrow said.

The lockers will replace curbside service library staff utilized in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The library foundation says it hopes to install more lockers across the city in the future.