Innovative system upgrade for Sunshine Coast Libraries
  • Thursday 29 March 2018

Sunshine Coast Libraries will begin rolling out an innovative system to provide improved services to customers from April 12.

The Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) system is a combination of radio frequency and microchip-based technology which uses radio waves to make borrowing and returning items even easier.

Community Programs Portfolio Councillor Jenny McKay said the system would allow the community to borrow or return multiple library items in just a few quick steps.

“As part of the upgrade we’ll install security gates at library entrances to help keep track of our collections as items move in and out of the library,” Cr McKay said.

“Many large stores have the same system which can identify tagged items that have not been formally checked out.

“It’s an incredibly effective way to keep track of items.”

The introduction of RFID will mean small changes to library return locations, with all items needing to be returned to special shelves inside the library during business hours.

Items can still be returned through the external chutes after hours.

“The new system means our library staff can spend less time processing items and spend more time focusing on our library members and visitors,” Cr McKay said.

“Library staff are always on hand to help you find the information you’re looking for and provide suggestions on items throughout our vast library collection.

“Customers should also feel free to ask members of our library team for more information about these changes to their library experience.”

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