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How Would I Deploy an RFID System for a Library Containing Approximately 6,000 Books?

Posted By RFID Journal, 08.28.2012

What types of tags, readers and antennas would I require for such an implementation?

—Reginaldo (Canoas, Brazil)


There are companies that offer complete RFID solutions for libraries. One is called Bibliotheca). Another is 3M Library Solutions). These businesses employ passive high-frequency (HF) tags, and provide handheld readers, portals, self-checkout kiosks and software.

In terms of cost, figure $1,800 for 6,000 tags at 30 cents apiece. A single gate reader for the exit would cost approximately $10,000, while three staff stations would cost $6,000. That's a total of $17,800.

It is also possible to build a solution from scratch. You could use HF or ultrahigh-frequency (UHF) tags, and purchase off-the-shelf handheld readers, such as Motorola's MC3190-Z handheld, as well as portals from a company such as Industrial Portals). You would also need to develop or purchase software and hire a systems integrator to put the solution together.

Listed below are some articles we have published about libraries using RFID. I hope this information helps you.

How Does RFID Work in Libraries

New Orleans Library Reopens With RFID

The Queens Library System Grows With RFID

In the U.K., Libraries Switch to Self-Serve

RFID Helps CSU Library Automate Sortation, Storage

Munich Libraries Add New Readers

Hamburg Library Moves to RFID

Colorado Library Checks Out RFID

Do I Need Both Bar Codes and RFID for Library Applications?

Amsterdam Libraries Deploying RFID

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

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