Self Service Libraries

Today, over 5,000 libraries worldwide have already introduced RFID, and millions of customers benefit from the technology.

Application benefits

  • Faster check-out and 24/7 self return service
  • Fast and automated sorting of returned books
  • Improved inventory management
  • Identification of misplaced books
  • Reliable theft protection

RFID Features Benefiting Application

  • Unique serialized identification
  • No line-of-sight requirement
  • Easily applicable to all media types
  • Reliable, fast and convenient identification
  • Integrated EAS security functionality

Libraries strive to provide great service and to ensure easy access to media products. With thousands of visitors choosing from copious books, CDs, videos, and computer games, storing and controlling inventory poses huge challenges.

To reduce the waiting time for visitors and to relieve staff, most libraries that use RFID rely on RFID-powered self-service media checkout stations. This approach reduces labor, ensures that books are returned to shelves quickly, shortens wait times and encourages more people to visit the library. It also gives the staff more time to directly support customers. In some cases, self-service stations allow customers to return media anytime, 24 hours a day.

Taking inventory with the aid of RFID takes only a fraction of the time required with traditional systems. With RFID labels easily applied to all types of media, library staff can use handheld RFID readers to quickly, conveniently and reliably locate misplaced books or other items. New systems such as Smart Shelves enable real-time location of all media within the library.

In addition, on-chip electronic article surveillance (EAS) functionality offers theft protection. When properly borrowed, the system deactivates the EAS function in the chip and reactivates it when the product returns. In the case of an attempted theft, however, the system will trigger an alarm at the exit gates.

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ICODE Family data protection for Libraries

NXPs ICODE Product—the Perfect Fit for Libraries

NXP’s ICODE chip is fully compliant with ISO 28560 and ISO 15693, the standards designed for RFID library applications. ICODE offers the longest read range of any standards-based passive HF RFID technology. This capability has led to ICODE becoming the most popular and reliable RFID choice for libraries around the world.

ICODE is also the industry standard for high-frequency (HF) smart label solutions with billions of ICs in the field and thousands of successful installations. ICODE is a proven technology and supports the ISO 15693 / ISO 18000-3 compliant infrastructure.