I have been doing a bit of professional reading online regarding other libraries and their non – traditional lending collections. In Vermont, my library loaned out gardening tools, snow shovels and the like to help promote local ‘beautification’ improvements within the municipality. (Never chain saws as the liability would be too great). Other Vermont libraries loan out museum or state park passes to encourage cultural understanding within the community. I have read of a Kansas library which loans out cake tins and jelly molds for home bakers. And now, I am reading of a wine library, a division of the Sonoma County Library system….located, of course, in Sonoma California.
I should not be surprised. The very essence of a lending library is to offer collections which will appeal and enhance the community which it serves. Obviously wine country would offer a library service to those in the wine growing industry.
The Sonoma County Wine Library has four stated collecting areas:
- The science and technology of growing grapes and making wine
- The business and economics of the wine industry
- The history of wine worldwide
- The history of wine in Sonoma County
In addition to offering resource in wine history, rare books dealing with grape growing, wine marketing, periodicals, and archive of wine labels , films and photographs can be consulted by the general public.
For more information on the Sonoma County Wine Library, please consult their catalog.
I wonder if they offer wine tastings as part of their programming? Hmmmm…..
as found on http://sonomalibrary.org/wine/#wl
addendum: The University of British Columbia, also offers a Wine Library and Vinotheque as part of their Faculty of Land and Food Systems program. Much of Canada’s wine country is located in the OkanaganValley, the interior of British Columbia. Well, sign me up for a Ph. d!