The Goleta Library is upgrading their collections to include a new technology that will make checking out materials easier and faster. A radio frequency identifier (or RFID) tag will be added to each book, audiobook, music CD, or video which will work with new and improved patron self-service checkout stations.
Self-service checkouts are a great way for libraries to improve services to users. RFID tags enable faster and more reliable checkout of materials. They reduce the level of staff intervention needed and free up the staff to assist patrons with other needs, such as locating a book or DVD or providing informative and entertaining programs. RFID technology also makes the process more accurate and reliable. It allows patrons to checkout all types of materials as well as pay fines using the new self-service machines.