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Library RFID upgrade to be completed in September

August 31, 2018

The Cerritos Library is finalizing a project to upgrade its radio frequency identification (RFID) system, including the installation of new self-checkout stations, security gates, RFID tags, circulation desk equipment and system software. The new system is expected to be operational by the end of September and will allow self-checkout of materials and provide security for the collection.

The new self-checkout stations will allow patrons to check out multimedia items, such as CDs, DVDs and Blu-Ray discs, as well as books. The self-checkout stations will be integrated with the cloudLibrary digital book service, allowing eBooks and eAudiobooks to be immediately added to a patron's digital shelf. The self-checkout stations will also allow for the payment of fines and fees by credit card. The new system is designed for fast and efficient checkout. Audible, visual, touch and text features guide users through the self-service transaction. The self-checkout stations will offer patrons the option of selecting from 50 different languages for the on-screen display, including Chinese (simplified and traditional), Hindi, Hmong, Japanese, Korean, Spanish, Tagalog, Tamil and Urdu.

As part of its mission to support the Cerritos Library, the Friends of the Cerritos Library generously contributed $15,000 toward the system replacement cost. The Friends also volunteered their time to help Cerritos Library staff and Volunteens place new RFID tags on each item in the collection.

 

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