We are excited to launch Library Grab Bags, a new service that aims to bring back some of the ease and joy of browsing library shelves even as library indoors remain closed for public safety.
Library Grab Bags are a perfect option for patrons who want books, DVDs, and other library materials but don’t have lists of specific titles to request. Fill out the new Library Grab Bag request form, and get a curated bag of library materials.
Staff created the Library Grab Bag service with busy community members in mind. “We know people miss browsing and getting a bunch of books at a time, and we know the safest way to connect people with our collections right now is through contactless pickup. Grab Bags seemed like a logical next step for us,” says Andrea Nicolay, Director of Libraries. “I want to thank the residents of Arlington for being patient and supportive through all these changes. We hope this new service is a plus for our users.”
The Contactless Pickup system has definitely been embraced, with hundreds of books checked out from the library daily, however with contactless pickup you do need to make requests title by title. Grab Bags are perfect for families looking for picture books and easy readers, or for anyone looking for vacation reading or just some materials to browse.
To request a Library Grab Bag, fill out the request form available on the Borrowing Items page. When your bag is ready, a librarian will notify you and book your pickup time. During your assigned pickup hour, just stop by the library’s front entrance–your bag of materials will already be checked out to you, labelled and ready to go.