Brick & mortar

March 8, 2021

Even before the Corona virus pandemic, libraries more and more, moved away from their traditional library buildings (branches). Two main effects were obvious:

The emergence of digital locations

With more and more libraries offering digital collections, e-resources and the like, digital locations came into existence: these are not physical (brick & mortar) locations, but logical ones. Obviously, Location is -just like Material Type- an easy way to limit a result set (e.g. with a facet). Typical solutions can be seen at VUB (Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Free University of Brussels) in Belgium, which calls its online location “ONLINE” and at East Baton Rouge Library in the United States, where the online location is called “Digital Resources” (examples of both are included below).

The emergence of “pickup points”

In a period in which budgets are scrutinized more than ever, some libraries were forced to close some traditional brick and mortar buildings and replace them with “pickup points”. Obviously, this trend was only speeded up when the Corona virus swept around the world (*). These pickup points can be almost anything: shops, pharmacists, supermarkets, railway stations, you name it. This page (in Dutch only) discusses a recent implementation in a petrol station in a Dutch city called Dinteloord (**).

(*) Read more about Corona-driven “pick & collect” type solutions at:

Desperate times call for creative measures (

Desperate times call for creative measures (2) (

CredoPlanning: better organize work during the confinement period (

(**) Dinteloord is a small city in the south of the Netherlands. Its library service belongs to Bibliotheek West-Brabant, which uses V-smart.

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