Cobb library checkouts will be easier, faster

Easier, faster checkouts at Cobb County libraries will be coming with a new system.

The Cobb County Board of Commissioners agreed 5-0 Tuesday to pay around $1.4 million to Bibliotheca for the Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) project in the Cobb County Library System, a 2011 SPLOST project.

The RFID system will combine security with more efficient tracking of materials throughout the library system, including easier and faster charge and discharge of library materials, inventorying and materials handling, said Library Director Helen Poyer.

The materials handling equipment will reduce the amount of staff time discharging and sorting library materials, she added.

With the RFID system, staff time will be used more efficiently, including, but not limited to, an increase of one-on-one customer service for patrons, she said.

The RFID system also provides customer self-service to check out, check in and renew library materials as well as pay fines and fees using credit/debit cards.

Also, the system will provide real-time circulation statistics and reports which will be used to track and monitor usage, popular materials and trends.

Staff training and support services will be provided by Bibliotheca.