RFID library management, using RFID tags library, is easy and convenient. A RFID library management system consists of books, each attached with an RFID tag, RFID reader, computer network and software. Library staff handle lending, returning, sorting, tagging etc. of books, using RFID tags in this library system. A person can locate RFID library books marked with a RFID tags, using the RFID reader which identifies and locates the book. When the book is carried to the counter, the library staff can either activate or deactivate the electronic article surveillance bit in the book’s tag. If a book is borrowed, then the surveillance bit is deactivated.
Using RFID in libraries saves library staff’s time by automatizing their tasks. An establishment that uses RFID library management saves a book reader, precious time that he would have been spent, waiting for his turn in a queue for borrowing or returning a book. Taking care of books and making them available to the book readers are important tasks. Most of the library staff’s time is spent in recording information of incoming and outgoing books.
Borrowing and returning of books can be fully automatized with the help of self checkin/out systems. This system involves installation of special software. A person using this system to borrow books, is presented with options on a computer screen. The person has to identify himself with a code, which is preferably a personal identification number, or any form of unique identity code. Books selected by the person are identified by the system’s built-in RFID reader. And, the surveillance bit in the book’s tag is deactivated by the system. When a book is returned, the check-in/out system activates the surveillance
The adoption of RFID technology by libraries promises a solution that could make it possible to inventory hundreds of thousands of items in their
collections in days instead of months. In addition, it allow patrons to check out and return library collection automatically at any time of the day. Besides speeding up checkouts, keeping collections in better order and alleviating repetitive strain injuries among librarians, RFID promises to provide a better control on theft, nonreturns and misfiling of a library’s assets.
Advantages of RFID in Libraries
Some of the advantages of RFID in libraries include issuing multiple books at a time;
Reduction in queue at circulation desk /counter;
More hours of circulation;
Saving time of the library staff while issue/return of document;
Allow library staff to provide other users’ centric service;
Reduction of staff at circulation desk ;
Increased issue/return of library documents;
Security of library collection, etc.