This is Pop Up Library Services for Everyone (aka P.U.L.S.E.) in Oakland, CA. It’s a vending machine that dispenses books instead of junk food. After you’re finished reading them, you return it to the library. Or else! Or else what? I don’t know, pay a fine or something? Regardless, it’s a bitter-sweet ordeal. On one hand: books! Having a book vending machine is a super cool and clever idea. But on the other hand: no snacks, WTF! Is a vending machine even a vending machine if it doesn’t contain Flamin’ Hot Cheetos? No, no it isn’t. Don’t make me choose between books and food! In fact, they should pair books with a tasty snack. Get a murder mystery and some chips, score a pack of M&Ms with a romance, snag a bag of gummy worms with a best seller. What a novel idea! See what I did there? Yeah, I’m right there with you: I hate me for it, too.

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  1. shots

    if you check out the machine you pay for the book and if returned you get your money back if not well the library wont come after you because they already got paid for the book

  2. greermahoney

    I don’t think you are correct. The Alameda P.U.L.S.E. info says this: “Although it looks more like a vending machine than a library, the FJC’s P.U.L.S.E. machine is considered to be an official branch of the Alameda County Library system. Users will be able to swipe their library cards and check out books just like they would at a normal library. The machine dispenses the selected books along with a receipt that gives the due date. When they are done with the books, the young readers of the FJC can return their reading materials to a box right next to the P.U.L.S.E. machine.”

    If it’s a normal library branch, it doesn’t seem likely they will be making you pay for the book in advance. I’ll check the next time I’m there.

  3. shots

    then why have a slot to insert money and get change…..

  4. Organic Ghost

    Libary Fines

  5. shots

    dont think so….hey greermahoney did you find out the true skinny on this yet??

  6. shots

    Ok Organic ghost your right.////// the thing is you have to have a library card to that particular library in order to get a book…. you scan your card get the book return the book and they if late pay fees… I knew there had to be a way for them to keep track on who borrowed the books

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