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Milwaukee opens first 24-hour library

There's no closing time at a library on Milwaukee's northwest side. A ribbon cutting ceremony was held Thursday morning at the city's first 24-hour, automated library. It's called \"MPL Express at Silver Spring\" and is located in the Westlawn Gardens Neighborhood near 64th and Silver Spring.

The new library features vending technology to allow users to check out, return, and browse items. It is stocked with popular titles of adult, teen, and children's books.

“All you need is a library card that can come from any public library in the county,” said Milwaukee Public Library Director Paula Kiely.”You scan your card, you can choose from almost 400 items that are in the machine, you press the number just like a vending machine, and the book is then dispensed to you.”

To get a library card, click here.

Milwaukee is among only a few cities in the country to open a 24-hour, fully automated library.

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