Albert J. Ellis Airport shows off state's first digital library kiosk


JACKSONVILLE, Onslow County - A ribbon cutting ceremony was held Monday for Albert J. Ellis Airport's new digital library kiosk.

The kiosk is the first of its kind in the state. The idea for it came from the Onslow County Library. The kiosk allows passengers to scan through hundreds of books and then download them right to their phone, tablet or laptop for free.

"We want Albert J. Ellis Airport to stand out from other airports, but also, we want the library to extend its reach to the traveling public to visitors," airport director Chris White said.

The kiosk costs about $15. It was funded through a grant and donations to the Onslow County Library.

"It gives us another outreach venue to reach out to the community," Onslow County Library Director Virginia Sharp March said. "Here we're reaching travelers that aren't only necessarily in our community but they come from all over the united states."

In addition to being about to rent books, travelers will also be able to use the kiosk to charge their electronics, check flight information and the weather.

The library is looking at getting smaller versions of the kiosk in the future.

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