It is great to have phone chargers that can be checked out but it is even better to have phone chargers that library patrons can use while they are in the library.
As it turns out, the chargers for checkout are really intended for in-library use (hence the 1-day checkout period). We could place the chargers in a public area where they would be accessible, but then we would have to somehow secure them against being stolen – a distinct possibility considering how expensive these things are. That last bit is something I never have found out for myself, but considering this fallen world I can only imagine it to be true.
And securing the chargers in a single place would force everyone to stay one place so their phone won’t be nicked. We have looked into getting charging cabinets (I know College library had one for a while), but they were expensive, difficult to use and not patronized much.
Thanks for the suggestion though. We’re always adding to our charger collection, so it’s good to hear that people use them.