Library patrons line up to get a drink from the new Starbucks kiosk.
Library patrons line up to get a drink from the new Starbucks kiosk.
The county library unveiled a Starbucks vending kiosk last month to accompany extended operating hours, and it’s going very well.

Library Director Jacob Starks said that the new Starbucks machine has been a contributing factor to a very successful circulation rate for the month of May.

“We have only had the machine about half a month and this is the second busiest May we have on record, usage and circulation wise,” Starks said. 

The kiosk serves a variety of cold and hot beverages from espresso to iced to coffee to chai lattes. He said they will also have some offerings that may be seasonal. Prices start at around $2 for a drink. The kiosk accompanies expanded hours for the library.

Starks and his staff open the doors of the Philadelphia-Neshoba County Public Library at 6:30 a.m. Monday through Friday and 8 a.m. on Saturdays. The Library closes at 5:30 p.m. during the week and Noon on Saturdays.

“So far the reaction has been very positive,” Starks said. “We have really put the machine through its paces and it appears to be running fine. It is a good way to start the morning and we hope it will encourage more people in the community to come spend some time with us.”

The kiosk was unveiled on May 13.

He said that though they have staff on hand to help, all customers so far have found the machines easy to operate. 

“Most drinks don’t require much more than three button presses,” Starks said. ‘We have found that our customers have no problem making their selection and getting their drink on their own.”