The Spokane County Library District and county Fire Protection District No. 8 are teaming up to make it more convenient for south Spokane residents to return library books.
A drive-in book drop has been installed at the fire station on 57th Avenue just east of Regal.
Library Director Mike Wirt said the drop-off is intended to improve service for county residents living in Moran Prairie, Glenrose and other rural areas south and east of the city.
For most of those residents, the nearest county library branch is in the Spokane Valley at 12004 E. Main.
Materials dropped off at the 24-hour-a-day deposit will be checked into the library by the next day if they are left before 5 p.m.
Households in the area recently were mailed a brochure notifying residents of the new service.
Pavement around the book drop will be completed next spring, Wirt said.
The county library district is also completing a computer upgrade so residents will be able to use their home computers to search for county library materials.
The library district serves 219,000 people in the unincorporated areas of the county and nine small cities and towns.