• A general purpose desktop ranges in price
• OPACs are only needed to browse the library’s
catalog – a lot of the features on a GP desktop
• Raspberry Pis (RPs) have a base cost of
approximately $39, and can be outfitted with
cables and case for under $100.
Cost Breakdown – Two Choices
Raspberry Pi B+ $39.95
8GB SD card (x2) $29.98
HDMI cable $4.95
VGA to HDMI
WiFi Dongle $8.50
Power Supply $7.95
CanaKit – includes
Raspberry Pi B+,
cable, and 8GB SD
8GB SD card $14.99
VGA to HDMI
SD Card Reader Monitor (VGA) Keyboard Mouse
When smaller projectors get upgraded, we will have 2 VGA/HDMI adapters
to build us
a shelf to
have in YSD.
Locking them Down?
• RPs have a built-in kiosk mode that can be turned
on. They can be set up to go right into a full-screen
• Create a user login so that patrons can’t access
the root login.
• Physically secure RP using whatever apparatus we
use to house the user peripherals - make an
“outer case” to secure board and cords, while still
making it accessible for staff to do
But Linux! Code! Ahh!
• The Raspberry Pi Foundation, who makes RP,
is all about Education.
• The original intention was to make a small,
affordable computer so kids could learn how
• This means there are tons of articles, blog
posts, and forums on how to set up and
troubleshoot your Pi.
What About Staff Time?
• We should be able to get a RP set up and
configured in about 4-8 hours.
• This translates to $69.44-$138.88 worth of
staff time (VS Librarian).
• This is still cheaper than having our IT perform
• Ed is familiar with RP (he has two of them
himself) so would be able to help
troubleshoot if needed.
• RPs is run on Linux, so anyone with an
understanding of Linux should be able to do
What Else Could We Do?
• Set up a retro gaming station for
• Digital Signage
• Include a RP in a mini maker-space.
• Programs (run by http://workshop88.com/ -
they did one for St. Charles)
• Adding additional endcap OPAC stations
would be more financially reasonable with
RPs, at roughly $100 per computer.
• Would be “just enough” computer to serve
the necessary purpose.
• Plenty of “how to” out there to help us along
in getting set-up.
• Potentially for expanding to replace the
plasma screen computer.