Petoskey District Library patrons can avoid lines and choose to checkout their own materials on one of three new touchscreen self-checkout kiosks. Patrons simply scan their physical library card (or card saver app), place items on the kiosk pad, print or email their receipt and they’re done. Fines and fees can be paid for quickly with the kiosks’ credit/debit card readers. Staff is ready and willing to teach patrons how to use the self-checkout kiosks which can be found near the first floor checkout desk, outside of the children’s room, and near the second floor reference room.
The implementation of this new technology comes after months of preparation when last fall, Library staff along with many dedicated volunteers, began the huge project by putting radio frequency identification tags (RFID) on all of the library’s 75,000 items. The RFID tags allow the items to be checked out without scanning a barcode and make item inventory more accurate and efficient. Library Director, Valerie Meyerson said, “We are very excited for this transition. This technology expedites the patron checkout experience because staff, or patrons wishing to self-checkout, no longer have to scan individual barcodes. This gives patrons the option to avoid lines, and staff the extra time to assist patrons in other ways. Of course, patrons will still have the option to check out with our friendly Library staff, too.”