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What’s @ the Library? – Self Check Machines

October 26, 2010
Self check machine

Self check machine

This is a self-check machine, or an express check-out. Whatever you want to call it, it is great for those who are in a hurry and don’t want to stand in line to check out books. It’s also great for those who aren’t in a hurry and just want to check out their own books.

It’s very user-friendly and the screen on top will show you what to do every step of the way. All you need to do is place your library card – barcode up – on top of the picture of a barcode on the left side of the machine’s shelf. You should see a red light shining across the barcode of your card. This means you have it in the right spot. Your card needs to stay there until you have scanned your items. Give the machine a few seconds to read your card and then it will tell you that it’s ready to begin scanning the bar codes of your books. Make sure to scan the “Rochester Public Library” barcode near the top of the book, not the ISBN barcode near the bottom of the book. Scan the books one at a time and the machine will tell you when it’s ready for the next one. After all your items are scanned, just remove your library card and the machine will print a receipt for the items you just checked out.

We are running a trial starting November 1, 2010 where we will be moving our self-check machines to a different area of the library. This new location will hopefully prevent congestion in the front lobby, keep children from running out the front doors while their parents are checking out material, and provide more room for the reserves. The area where the self checks are now will be used for more book displays.

This trial is a result from a survey we had earlier this spring. You asked for it…

This is a trial that will last approximately 60-90 days, and we would appreciate any feedback from you, our patrons, on how well it’s working… or not.

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. Amy Nelson permalink
    October 27, 2010 12:17 pm

    Looking forward to reading more entries! Already like that there will be a new location for the checkout….

  2. October 26, 2010 7:14 pm

    Good job starting a blog! All the best!

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