Earlier this year, the New Jersey Library Cooperative - Library Link NJ announced a pilot program to choose a group of Garden State libraries to be among the first to install unique electronic device charging stations for customers.

The Toms River Branch of the Ocean County Library has been chosen to be among a dozen in the state to get the free stations first.

The state partnered with Texas based tech company KiwiBoost, and purchased just over a dozen of their Charging Lockers, one of which is now in the Toms River branch of the Ocean County Library.

Ocean County Library Photo

While anyone can bring a charger and cable with them, anyone who has ever been to a library, airport, or other location where people spend a good deal of time in one place, will know that the real challenge is finding an open outlet nearby where you need to be so you can keep an eye on your device.

The charging lockers are unique in the sense that they have ports for the most common device plugs, and best of all, they're secure lockers. You don't have to stake your claim on an out of the way patch of carpet just because it's next to a free outlet.

Again, it's a pilot program, so right now it's being tried out at a dozen public libraries, plus Rancocas Valley Regional High School's library, and also at Rowan University.

Do you think that the program should be expanded? Where do you think that at device charging locker would be helpful? Let us know in the comments section or on our Facebook page!

 

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