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bibliotheca secures RFID project with Bibliothèque Nationale Universitaire de Strasbourg

RFID specialist bibliotheca has confirmed today that it has been selected to provide RFID services to Bibliothèque Nationale et universitaire de Strasbourg (BNU), France – one of the largest academic libraries in the world and the second largest library in France – in a project that will see the library installed with a range of state-of-the-art self-service solutions.

The project has been commissioned to enable library users at BNU to easily checkout, renew and return their borrowed items. The installation will see a wide range of bibliotheca solutions deployed across the library including self-service kiosks, security gates and return and sorting solutions.

The project will begin with the items belonging to the library being converted to RFID using over 300,000 bibliotheca RFID tags; once this phase has been completed, the focus will then shift to the installation of bibliotheca hardware and software solutions. In total 8 self-service kiosks will be installed in the library – 7 smartserve™ 400 self-service kiosks – 2 of which will incorporate payment facilities – and 1 smartserve™ 100 self-service kiosk – a solution which comprises a set of components that can be integrated into almost any piece of furniture. In addition, a number of bibliotheca security gates will be installed in order to enhance security measures within the library.

The installation will also see two large-scale return and sorting solutions deployed in the library - one internal and one external – which will provide patrons with more convenience on how and when they can return their items. Both systems will allows library patrons to return all types of media, such as books, DVDs and CDs, much faster than ever before, together with providing fast and efficient sorting so that library items are recirculated quicker and staff can spend less time sorting items and more time assisting library patrons. What’s more, with the external system patrons will be able to return their items 24 hours a day / 7 days a week - with their account being immediately updated.

Alexandre Walker, General Manager for bibliotheca France comments: “Working with BNU is such an honour for bibliotheca France. We are thrilled that we have been selected to equip such a prestigious establishment with our self-service products, and even more so that we can improve the customer experience for their library patrons”.

M. François Quéré, Director of Information Systems, at BNU bibliotheca, adds: “Thanks to this project we will able to provide optimal service to our patrons. We have already been very impressed with bibliotheca and how they have responded to our needs – we are confident that with the service and professionalism they provide our installation will be a great success”.

The project at Bibliothèque nationale universitaire de Strasbourg is scheduled to complete in September 2014.

About bibliotheca
bibliotheca is dedicated to the development of solutions that help libraries connect with users in unique ways and provide engaging experiences, allowing them to continually evolve their library services for the changing needs of their communities. Their products are designed to provide a welcoming, intuitive and seamless environment for those that use the library – wherever they choose to use it - be that at home, on the move or within the library itself.

With over 30,000 libraries as part of their family, they have installed and continue to support more than 10,000 self-service units, 6,000 security systems and over 650 Automated Materials Handling (sorter) systems. In addition, the cloudLibrary™ digital platform powers eBook and eAudiobook lending at a further 3,000 libraries.

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