WASHINGTON — (November 5, 2012) – The Institute of Museum and Library Services today announced Contra Costa County Library as one of 10 recipients of this year’s National Medal for Museum and Library Service. The nation’s highest honor conferred on museums and libraries for service to the community, the National Medal celebrates institutions that make a difference for individuals, families and communities. The National Medal will be presented at a celebration in Washington, D.C. on November 14.
Contra Costa County Library is reshaping how residents access library services on the go. Snap & Go, a smart phone application, uses QR codes to give the Library a deeper reach into the community, putting library resources like ebooks and text-reference, literally, into the hands of commuters on buses and in transit stations. Library-a-Go-Go book lending machines bring library service to the people both in underserved locations and in spaces where people gather, like shopping malls. And Discover & Go, their latest innovation, allows libraries throughout Northern California to offer their cardholders access to downloadable free passes to local museums and a wide range of cultural institutions. By making this service available to other libraries, Contra Costa County Library is changing the way libraries do business with each other and helping library cardholders throughout the region be aware of and gain access to local culture.