Just in time for the rainy season, San Juan Island Library's new drive-up book return bin opened for business on Oct. 31.
While accessible from the driver's car window, the drive-up return bin can also be used by pedestrians, or those in a wheelchair, on a bicycle, with a stroller, or even from a skateboard.
Like the library's original book-return slots, attached to the side of the building, the new return bin is available 24 hours a day, including holidays, when the library itself is closed. Purchase of the drive-up was financed by Friends of the San Juan Island Library.
Convenient drive-up book return was identified as a top priority by the public and patrons as part of the library's recent long-range planning effort.
In addition to its collections of books, audio books and DVDs to loan, the library also provides computers for the public to use. The library web site offers 24/7 resources on consumer, financial and academic information, language learning, and test preparation.
Library hours are Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Tuesday and Thursday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Library cards are free to island residents, proof of residency required.