Cloverdale Library Uses Radio Frequency ID Return Shelf

Library co-ordinator Kathy Wilkinson assists library user Merle Stitfall with the new returns system.  Picture: Matt Jelonek        www.communitypix.com.au   d439290
Library co-ordinator Kathy Wilkinson assists library user Merle Stitfall with the new returns system. Picture: Matt Jelonek        www.communitypix.com.au d439290

THE Ruth Faulkner Public Library in Cloverdale has introduced a Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) return shelf system to make a more user-friendly experience for library customers.

City of Belmont Mayor Phil Marks said the smartblade system would make it quicker and easier for customers to return library items.

“The smartblade is integrated into a bookcase-style cabinet and customers simply place their items on the shelf and they are automatically returned and their membership is then clear to borrow again,” he said.

Other benefits of the RFID technology include improved inventory control of the library collection, greater security for the collection and less queuing for library custom-ers.

“Importantly, the new technology will allow library staff to provide more assistance to community members and offer other services,” Cr Marks said.