Kiosk adds a library spirit to airport

Passengers will be able to borrow and download books before hopping on a flight at the Canadian Rockies International Airport.

Passengers will be able to borrow and download books before hopping on a flight at theCanadian Rockies International Airport.

That’s provided you have a library card.

The new Cranbrook Public Library kiosk and Cloud Library gives travellers a choice of a broad range of online resources offered through the library, as well as internet access.

The kiosk also includes a book exchange, so travellers can take a book along with them on their travels or leave one for others to enjoy.

Passengers with a library card can borrow and download audiobooks and e-books from “Library to Go” and e-magazines from Zinio through the free Wifi connection.

The airport will also have a general-use library membership for those who don’t have a card, but it only includes the online borrowing portion of the membership.

The kiosk is a joint effort between the library and the airport.

The Cranbrook Public Library is supplying the computer, desk and chair needed for the kiosk, and the airport providing the fixed line and wifi connection as well as additional furniture for the kiosk.

Some of the resource online include:

A to Z World Travel – more than 200 world city travel guides, including up-to-date content, maps and photos. It also features world travel resources on a variety of topics.

Global Road Warrior – includes practical information for travelling to 175 countries; travel essentials such as visa requirements, security, transportation, currency, embassies, electricity, language and culture, greetings, dress, business etiquette, maps, sights and more.

Canadian Newsstands – access to the full text of over 240 Canadian newspapers from Canada’s leading publishers.

Consumer Reports – enables consumers to make better purchasing decisions on the products they are shopping for.

Novels – find fiction you will want to read, search for novels similar to other books you have enjoyed, look for a novel about a particular theme.

Auto Repair & Small Engine Repair Reference Centres – comprehensive collections of repair manuals and other information for automobiles, motorcycles, mowers, chainsaws and snowmobiles.

Tumblebooks – an interactive library of animated, talking storybooks for beginning readers and older bookworms.