The Menlo Park Main Library will be reopening for business at noon on Tuesday June 19, 2012. “Library users will find a newly remodeled circulation area including four new self check-out stations which use the fast and dependable RFID technology,” said Library Director Susan Holmer.
Over the past four weeks the library has been closed to allow remodeling and installation of the RFID (radio frequency identification) scanning equipment and replacement of library carpeting. During the closure, library staff have been working to install RFID tags in the over 80,000 untagged items in the library’s collection.
“RFID tags are widely used in libraries and retail businesses for inventory and self service,” Holmer explained. “RFID technology will let us do more with less – improving efficiency, inventory control, and security. The entire Peninsula Library System (of which Menlo Park is a member) is converting to RFID check out.”
Library staff are prepared to assist library users with the self checkout system until everyone is comfortable with it. “The library checks in and checks out three quarters of a million items per year,” said Holmer. “Automating routine transactions will mean more staff time is available for other kinds of more personal assistance, and will enable us to handle an increasing number of transactions. “We hope everyone will drop by to see the new look for the library and check out the self checkout system.”