I first read about this in the CLA newsletter and then went to the Pictou county website to see if they had any more information on the project. I found a copy of their press release, and presumably, there is a way to request this option if you are logged in. According to their press release “By request, patrons can pick-up their hold-requests after-hours. Individual patrons are temporarily assigned an access code, that when entered, will open a book locker that contains their requested materials.” This is a great way to support those library users that simply cannot make it to the library during the regular opening hours.
From a library perspective I imagine it is a big risk, because there it adds work to what is likely already a small staff and it if this becomes popular, then they could run out of book lockers. I for one applaud this library for accepting these risks in their effort to provide the service their community needs.