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Books on the move / Raamatud liikuma

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The innovation project Books on the Move has set out to modernise the lending service and bring it into the 21st century. Books on the Move is funded by Enterprise Estonia and their Innovation Procurement Program in the amount of EUR 333,332.50.

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The innovation project Books on the Move has set out to modernise the lending service and bring it into the 21st century. The project is driven by the wish to encourage better use of the physical book collections, and to render this body of knowledge relevant and conveniently accessible to the contemporary user. The idea behind the project is as simple as it is ambitious: to make the physical book collections of Estonian libraries universally available and discoverable in a one-stop search, so as to enable quick delivery of the desired book to the user.

After having found the required book, the user simply clicks “order”, without having to consider the location of the book. An algorithm picks the most fitting, most expedient copy across all participating library holdings. With the help of our logistics partner, the book is then delivered to the user, either to a parcel locker, local store or directly to an address indicated. Library lending becomes conveniently integrated into the users’ daily routines. Remote loans will no longer be interlibrary transactions – the physical book becomes mobile in Estonia, and the broader library network will serve as the home library for the user.

As a result of the project, we are creating a digital platform together with a mobile application for the end user, to be navigated seamlessly in its features of discovery and delivery: “find and order” books, “manage and monitor” orders, set delivery preferences, retrieve information on due dates, pay for delivery and settle overdue fines, and recommend books to friends.

The project runs from 2020 to 2022. All relevant parties to the new lending service (libraries, users, Ministry of Culture, Ministry of Education and Research, local municipalities) are included in the project through various advisory bodies. Books on the Move is funded by Enterprise Estonia and their Innovation Procurement Program in the amount of EUR 333,332.50.

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