24
Mar
09

Collaborative Library Proposal

Here’s an idea: Collaborative Libraries

There are already such things as online book trading and lending communities, but as these rely on the mail, they are not quit effective as libraries.

I propose a localized version of these sites in which:

1) Members sign up and list all of the books they are willing to lend.

2) The listed books are compiled on a searchable database.

3) Local businesses (like coffee shops) act as drop off/pick up hubs. This keeps strangers from being invited to your house.

4) Upon a request, the lender will drop the book off at the public spot within a week. This allows lending to be at the lender’s convenience and to save the cost/hassle of shipping.

5) Borrowers deposit collateral (via internet payments) into a joint bank account that is equal to the value of any books borrowed. This ensures that any lost books can be replaced. Once they return their book, they are refunded.

6) Any interest that accrues will be used to pay for the C.L.’s webspace. Any additional interest will be given to literacy-promoting charities.

7) This system will provide a diverse selection of books, promote literacy, promote local book culture, and create connections of readers and naturally growing networks of people with convergent book interests. It should be minimally expensive to set up and run.

Who wants to start a pilot project in Philly?
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