The Largo Library will be closed starting Monday, May 20, so that materials can be tagged and read by the new checkout system. It will reopen after Memorial Day.
The Radio Frequency Identification system is expected to make the check out and check in process faster and more efficient. Each item is coded with an RFID chip, and the system reads the codes.
About six million items are checked in and out of the library each year.
Once the materials are tagged, patrons will be able to check out both Largo books and interlibrary loan materials all at once using a self-checkout unit. Currently some materials borrowed from other libraries require a separate checkout system.
To return materials, users will be able to place materials in a chute, then watch on a video monitor as an automated materials handler checks the books back in and does a preliminary sort to collect the materials in organized piles like children's books or books borrowed from south county libraries.
Many repetitive tasks will be handled automatically, so staff can help patrons more with finding materials and providing help on computers.
The total cost for the upgrades is $257,600.
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