On Oct. 29, The Carmel Clay Public Library (CCPL) installed a new library drop box at the CVS Pharmacy on 13090 Pettigru Drive near the Village of West Clay. According to Beth Smietana, communications manager at the CCPL, the drop box will be available all year round and opened at all times. CCPL librarians will pick up materials every day the library is opened, with the exceptions of the federal holidays, and return them to the library that same day.
Smietana said librarians chose that certain CVS location for the convenience of the CCPL patrons who live on the west side of Carmel.
“It really was a matter of what was available, convenient for patrons and who would agree to let us put a box on their property,” Smietana said. “With West Clay close by and other neighborhoods still to be constructed in the area, it ended up making a lot of sense to locate there.”
For sophomore Margaret “Maggie” Rees, having a drop box near her home is a huge convenience. Rees said she goes to the library almost every day after school and checks out materials every other day.
“I live about 20 minutes from the CCPL, but only two minutes from CVS,” Rees said. “I just went there yesterday to drop off a book I read, and it saved 15 minutes of my time.”
Rees said from now on she probably won’t be stopping by at the library as often to drop books off, but will definitely check out more materials due to the ease of the CVS drop box.
“(The drop box) is so convenient in my everyday life. I just take my books straight over and don’t have to go all the way down to the CCPL every time,” Rees said. “I absolutely love the idea of having it two minutes from my house.”