RFID Technology for Libraries

RFID (Radio Frequency IDentification) is the latest technology to be used in library theft detection systems. Unlike EM (Electro-Mechanical) and RF (Radio Frequency) systems, which have been used in libraries for decades, RFID-based systems move beyond security to become tracking systems that combine security with more efficient tracking of materials throughout the library, including easier and faster charge and discharge, inventorying, and materials handling.

RFID is a combination of radio-frequency-based technology and microchip technology. The information contained on microchips in the tags affixed to library materials is read using radio frequency technology regardless of item orientation or alignment (i.e., the RFID technology does not require line-of-sight or a fixed plane to read tags as do traditional theft detection systems) and distance from the item is not a critical factor except in the case of extra-wide exit gates. The corridors at the building exit(s) can be as wide as four feet because the tags can be read at a distance of up to two feet by each of two parallel exit sensors.

The targets used in RFID systems can replace both EM or RF theft detection targets and barcodes.

RFID Advantages in Library Management

  • Rapid check-out / check-in
  • Simplified patron self check-out / check-in
  • High reliability
  • High-speed inventorying
  • Automated materials handling
  • Long tag life
  • Uncompromised security within the library
  • Efficient collection management system (can be located suitably and made 24×7)
  • Uncompromised collection security
  • Flexible staff schedules
  • Labor saving methods free the staff to help customers
  • Higher customer/patron satisfaction levels
  • Improved inter-library cooperation
  • Better preservation of inventory because of less handling by staff
  • Same security and labeling formats for all items such as books, CDs and DVDs, hence better management of databases

RFID Projects in Library Management

  • RFID based Library Security and Anti-Theft system
  • RFID based Automated books dropping station for a Library
  • RFID based Shelf Management system for a Library
  • Handheld RFID Reader for Library text book tracking & identification
  • Real-Time Tracking of Books using RFID Tags and RFID Library Automation software
  • RFID based Self-Checkin/Checkout system for a Library
  • Design and Development of RFID Library Management System
  • RFID Library Automation Software development
  • RFID based Library inquiry system and Books status finding
  • RFID based Automatic handling of Library assets
  • RFID ‘smart’ membership cards for access control in certain areas such as the photocopier, internet, etc.
  • RFID based Automatic Ledger entry at Circulation Desk
  • RFID Enabled Self Check-In – Check-Out Kiosk
  • RFID based Security Alarm system for Anti-Theft Library Management