The library has always been known for loaning books – but this library made it even easier to do so. The Dubuque County Library features a selection of “summer light reads” that require no check out; rather it is borrowing on the honor system. This rack is located next to the door and makes it easy for patrons to grab a “beach book” on the way out. It relieves the pressure of returning the book by a timeline or feeling obligated to keep it pristine for the permanent collection.

Summer Light Reads is a low-key investment by the library – all are fiction paperbacks that can be picked up at any Goodwill or garage sale – but they stimulate reading and provide another service for readers. Many people want an easy read for the summer, and the library has done a good job of providing it.

Think about how you can make a service you offer even easier for your clientele. Is there a way to reposition something with a different proximity? Can you provide a “light” version of your traditional service at a reduced fee or no cost? What about functioning as a clearinghouse to allow your customers to exchange goods in your facility?

Summer is a good time to make something light and easy for your base.


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