RFID for Libraries

RFID can be used in the library circulation operations. RFID-based systems move beyond security to become tracking systems that combine security with more efficient tracking of materials throughout the library

  • Easier and faster charge and discharge of books & documents
  • Inventorying
  • Materials handling

The RFID gates at the library exit(s) can be as wide as four feet because the tags can be read at a distance of up to two feet by each of two parallel exit gate sensors.

Components of an RFID System

A comprehensive RFID system has four components:

  1. RFID tags that are electronically programmed with unique information
  2. Readers or sensors to query the tags
  3. Antenna
  4. Server on which the software that interfaces with the integrated library software.

Tag Life

RFID tags last longer than barcodes because the technology does not require line-of-sight. Most RFID vendors claim a minimum of 100,000 transactions before a tag may need to be replaced.