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Potranco Dispensary Equipment

How to use the LibBox, the Holds Lockers, and the Laptop Kiosk located at the Potranco Branch Library

What is the LibBox?

The LibBox at the Potranco Branch Library is located inside the lobby of the Mays Family YMCA at Potranco and allows you to browse, checkout, and return a collection of both popular and classic books and DVDs outside of regular library hours.

Checking out materials with the LibBox is easy! To use the LibBox, you can either scan your physical library card or enter your library card number with the provided keyboard. 

LibBox items can be reserved in person through the LibBox kiosk for up to 5 minutes. These reservations can be accessed through the "My Items" option on the LibBox. After this time, those items will show as available again in the catalog. 

LibBox items are on a first-come first-served basis, and these items do not fulfill hold requests for the Potranco Branch Library or any other San Antonio Public Library location. Please note that the LibBox will only accept returns for items checked out through the LibBox.

Using the LibBox

Checking out materials with the LibBox is easy! To use the LibBox, you can either scan your physical library card or enter your library card number with the provided keyboard. 

LibBox items can be reserved in person through the LibBox kiosk for up to 5 minutes. These reservations can be accessed through the "My Items" option on the LibBox. After this time, those items will show as available again in the catalog. LibBox items are on a first-come first-serve basis, and these items do not fulfill hold requests for the Potranco Branch Library or any other San Antonio Public Library location.

TO CHECKOUT AN ITEM:

  1. Select the Catalog option on the main screen
  2. Browse through the available books and DVDs:
    • Touch the check mark to add this to your LibBox reservations (you will need your physical library card or  library card number)
    • Touch the information icon (i) for more details about the item
    • Touch the search button to search for a specific item
    • Touch view more/less to toggle between different screen views
  3. When you're ready to checkout, select the Checkout option or select Home, and then My Items to checkout
  4. Scan your library card or enter your library card number, and wait for the items to be dispensed (you may need to provide your card/number twice in order to verify your account information)
  5. Once all items have been dispensed, select Receipt to receive a printed slip with your due dates!

TO RETURN AN ITEM:

  1. Select the My Returns option on the main screen
    • Please note that the LibBox will ONLY accept returns for items checked out through the LibBox
  2. Scan your library card or enter your library card number to access your account
  3. Place ONE ITEM into the return slot when the door opens, then wait for the door to close and for the item to be returned
  4. Continue to place additional returns into the return slot one at a time until all items have been returned
  5. Once all items have been returned, select Receipt if you would like to receive a confirmation slip

Issues?

TO REPORT AN ISSUE WITH CHECKOUTS OR RETURNS:

  • If the LibBox is unable to dispense your selections, please visit the Potranco Branch Library during normal library hours and we will happily assist you.
  • If the LibBox is unable to accept your return of a LibBox item and the library is closed, please use the outdoor book drop to return your item(s) and we will check your item(s) in the next day the library is open. Otherwise, please visit the Potranco Branch Library during normal library hours and we will happily to assist you.
  • For other questions, comments, or concerns, please contact us at 210-207-9280; visit us in person during normal library hours; or see if your question has been asked/answered in our Potranco Dispensary FAQs.