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library book lockersSmart Lockers for Libraries

The COVID-19 pandemic has forced many businesses and institutions to rethink how to continue engaging with their customers safely and conveniently. For many libraries, smart pickup lockers are a solution that has allowed them to stay open and continue serving their community.

Even as pandemic restrictions lift, smart lockers remain relevant for libraries to keep up with modern trends and the increasing demand for convenience. Public and university libraries can serve their patrons better by providing 24/7 access to books and other media through smart pickup lockers.

Read on to learn more about how smart library lockers work and their many benefits. You can also check out more library storage solutions here.

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library book pickup lockersHow Library Smart Lockers Work

The smart locker software integrates with your library management system so patrons with valid library cards can place holds through your online catalog and choose to pick up their books or media from the book lockers.

Once a requested book becomes available, library staff can deposit it in the locker system by selecting the recipient and locker size from the touchscreen and placing the book in the assigned locker. The software will then notify the patron automatically via text or email.

When the patron arrives, they will input a PIN or scan a QR code (included in the text or email notification) on the touchscreen. Their locker will automatically open to release the stored materials. The software tracks each transaction and alerts staff when items are retrieved.

Patrons can also download a mobile app to receive notifications about their pickups and more easily access the lockers. Read about our package parcel lockers and keyless lockers.

Benefits of Smart Lockers for Libraries

smart book lockers library24/7 Access

One of the most significant benefits of smart library pickup lockers is convenience. Smart lockers afford 24/7 access to library holds, making it easier for busy patrons to pick up their books at their convenience, even outside regular library hours. And since the ADA-compliant lockers require no staff supervision, there’s no need for library staff to work overtime to facilitate these requests.

For university libraries, smart lockers are an excellent way to deliver inter-library loans or other requested materials to students at their convenience. Smart locker systems are also increasingly utilized for package pickup at universities; learn more about university parcel lockers here.


Smart lockers are an attractive option for library pickup because of the contact-free experience. Patrons can retrieve their requested books or media without going into the library or waiting in line to check out their books. The lockers make it easy to comply with social distancing regulations and continue providing access to library materials for patrons who prefer not to enter the building.


university smart library book lockerCustom-design your book lockers to suit your library and community. You can configure the smart locker system with various-sized compartments to hold materials of different sizes. You could also add return bins so patrons can return books at the lockers.

You can also add custom colors, logos, or graphics to the lockers to showcase school spirit, share a message, or make the lockers more visually appealing.


Smart pickup lockers are durably constructed to store library materials safely and protect them from weather and theft. Outdoor book lockers are built with heavy-gauge steel construction and additional protective features to resist weather, rust, and heat.

Expand Community Access

Smart book lockers provide an opportunity to expand your library’s reach. In addition to installing them outside the library, you can place pickup lockers at other locations, such as gyms, grocery stores, or community centers in underserved areas. Placing these lockers in other locations allows more of your community to access and benefit from library resources. See our family of smart lockers on our online store.

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See specifications and pricing for library shelving, art racks, bookcases.  Various options for wall mounted shelving for books may include a wall mounted shelf, floating bookshelf, hanging bookshelf, open shelf.

Contact Us for Library Smart Lockers

Southwest Solutions Group® provides design and installation services for smart book lockers for libraries. We will also provide a free consultation to determine your exact needs and specifications before the design begins. To learn more or to speak with a specialist, call us at 1-800-803-1083 or send us a message  today.


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“Southwest Solutions Group’s installers are the best! There is a distinct contrast between Southwest Solutions Group installers and all the others who have been working in the library. They know their business. They know when things will arrive and what has to be done. They know if there is a problem and what to do about it. And, they are a pleasure to work with.”

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