New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced that the city’s public library will begin selling wristbands and ID cards in a pilot project in May.
The project will allow the public to buy and scan their own wristbands at the library’s collection centers, and also allow patrons to scan IDs and other personal information.
While the library will offer the devices in select branches, the plan does not include any additional locations in the city.
“In a way, the library is a tool for New Yorkers, a way for New York to show its people that we can take care of our communities,” Bloomberg said.
“It’s a tool that people can take to a store and use their wristband or their ID card to get groceries or to use their library card.”
The library plan is part of a broader effort by the city to make sure that all New Yorkers have access to their personal information and financial security.
Bloomberg has called on his fellow mayors to work to secure their personal data, while urging them to help the public and businesses alike secure their digital identities.