American Public Library Uses RFID System to Automate Check-in/Check-out

American-public-library-automates-check-in-RFID-blogDowners Grove Public Library in Illinois has adopted an RFID inventory management system to keep track of its 300,000 item collection and 30,000 person customer base.

By placing an RFID target tag in every item in the library’s collection, Downers Grove staff will improve the ability for its customers and staff to identify, locate, check-out, check-in and re-shelf books and other media materials.

Self-checkout scanning stations and automatic sorting equipment are also in the works, aiming to further streamline the check-in/check-out procedures. The automated system will allow staff to focus less time checking in materials and allow more time spent with patrons searching for books and other materials.

RFID tagging began last summer after the purchase of a large supply of tags and the leasing of the equipment needed to activate them, and is slated for completion later this year.