RFID technology

What is RFID (radio frequency identification) technology?

RFID is a proven technology that allows for item identification in addition to item security. That means that in addition to secured RFID tags alarming RFID security gates; the item’s title, the gate corridor and other information is instantly available at a designated staff station. RFID technology is also used for checking items in and out of a library, collection inventory and accurate shelving, as well as holds pick-ups systems that are placed throughout the community. RFID automated material handling systems can also accelerate the process of returning CD, DVDs and books to library shelves faster.

The RFID tag contains a microchip and aluminum antenna that operates at 13.56 MHz. The RFID tag is programmed with identification and security information and then affixed to books or library materials. When used in conjunction with RFID readers, RFID tags can be read at a distance to identify marked items or to detect the tag’s security status. Because RFID readers can read multiple RFID tags simultaneously at near-proximity without needing to physically locate the tag; check in, check out and materials handling tasks are quicker and easier for both library users and staff.

Why choose bibliotheca RFID library solutions?

Our intuitive RFID solutions were developed over the last 20 years to meet the specific needs of library staff and users. In addition to speeding up the movement of books and other library materials, our selfCheck solutions provide the most intuitive experience, process multiple items at one time, promote library events and programs and reduce the amount of time needed for users to check-out from the library.

The security bit of the material is appropriately set so that these items, if not appropriately checked-out, are detected by bibliotheca RFID gates at the library exit. The security systems can also read the item information from secured items to tell the library which item caused the alarm. This helps library staff identify which items need to be correctly borrowed and minimize embarrassment for library users.

The bibliotheca mobile inventory and mobile DLA handheld collection management tools highlight the capability and utility of RFID. They can identify RFID-tagged library items without needing to remove the items from the shelves. A quick scan of the library shelves allows staff to update the collection, find mis-shelved items, weed inventory, and find missing items.

RFID-enabled staff workstations simplify and speed up the process of item check-in and check-out for library staff. RFID also greatly enhances the speed and efficiency of the bibliotheca flex AMH solution. Library users can drop multiple items and go, while the flex AMH then sorts the materials into bins or carts for easy shelving.

What type of libraries use RFID solutions?

The most common libraries that use bibliotheca RFID solutions around the world are those with the following goals and characteristics.

  • Libraries looking to improve the overall customer experience
  • Libraries interested in improving the workflow and movement of materials
  • Libraries focused on inventory and collection management solutions
  • Libraries looking to streamline high circulation activities
  • Libraries who are focused on reducing staff time needed for materials handling
In addition to RFID solutions, bibliotheca also offers both Electromagnetic (EM) solutions and hybrid technology systems.

RFID library solutions that work best together

  • Self-service is only easy if it’s convenient

    Our selfCheck range empowers users with intuitive and engaging self-service experiences that encourage interaction and drive library awareness.
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  • Flexible automated return + sorting solution designed specifically for library users

    With any combination imaginable, flex AMH is the maximum time saver, delivering efficient library workflows that keep your circulation moving and allow your staff to focus on more meaningful tasks.
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  • Protect your valuable assets

    Our detection systems combine flexibility and style with state-of-the-art technology to provide superior security and reliability for libraries. Offering the widest aisle entrances in the industry, bibliotheca gates ensure your collection is safe, and your library is accessible for all.
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  • RFID label guarantee

    Our promise to you
    All bibliotheca RFID tag products must pass accelerated aging testing at 85°C and at 85% humidity for 15 weeks which included performance testing. Our entire range of RFID tag products, when handled according to our recommended practices, are guaranteed for the lifetime of the item to which they are affixed.
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White Paper

Considerations for a library to invest in RFID technology

RFID in Libraries: In an effort to increase staff productivity and provide better service to users, many libraries are moving to RFID. This white paper examines the reasons some libraries are making the switch, and why others choose to wait. Be sure to access both parts of the White Paper below.

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