Home Internet of Things Aerospace Apparel Energy Defense Health Care Logistics Manufacturing Retail

Ask The Experts Forum

BlogsAsk The Experts ForumHow Does RFID Work in Libraries?

How Does RFID Work in Libraries?

Posted By RFID Journal, 05.11.2011
I'm particularly interested in the technology's use in Europe.

—Name withheld

RFID works in libraries pretty much in the same way everywhere around the world. Most libraries apply passive 13.56 MHz RFID transponders to the inside cover or spine of each book. The transponders are usually based on the ISO 15693 standard.

The book's ISB number can be written to the tag (or another serial number can be used), and is linked to that specific book in the library's database. One benefit of such a system is self-checkout. A library patron can walk up to a kiosk, place all chosen books near the reader and then swipe his or her library card. The books can then pass a portal reader at the door without setting off an alarm.

Interrogators can be placed near return bins, so if someone is looking for a specific book, it can be recorded as having been returned—even if the bar code has not been scanned and that title hasn't yet been returned to the shelf.

RFID generally speeds up work processes for librarians. Locating books can be performed more quickly, as can taking inventory with a handheld reader and other tasks. Here are some articles that you might find relevant:

Hamburg Library Moves to RFID

Publisher Tags All Library Books

Library to Deploy Ultra-Long-Life RFID Tags for Historical Collection

Large Swiss Library System Implementing RFID

For more articles about RFID use in libraries, click here.

—Mark Roberti, Founder and Editor,
RFID Journal

Login and post your comment!

Not a member?

Signup for an account now to access all of the features of RFIDJournal.com!

Next Post
How Can I Detect Sound Receptors in the ...
Previous Post
How Can I Avoid Tag Collision?
Case Studies Features Best Practices How-Tos
Live Events Virtual Events Webinars
Simply enter a question for our experts.
RFID Journal LIVE! RFID in Health Care LIVE! LatAm LIVE! Brasil LIVE! Europe RFID Connect Virtual Events RFID Journal Awards Webinars Presentations