Library Closes For Upgrade

Few things are more frustrating than waiting in a long line.

Whether you’re at the grocery store or the library.

So, the Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library is taking a page out of retailers’ books by planning to offer a self-checkout option.

Kansas First News reporter Vanessa Martinas more on the new check out method that will be available May 6th.

The new system works like this.

Each item will have a tag that emits a signal.

When you go to check it out – the information is read and sent to a computer.

The project’s coordinator says the new system will allow staff members to do other pressing jobs.

“The library is really busier than ever and we’ve got a lot of things that we want to do simply that we can’t always because we got staff dedicate to so many things,” Community and Strategic Services Manager Thad Hartman said.

It’s a self-check out procedure which is a lot faster then standing in line to have someone else scan your items one by one.

You simply place the items you want in a pile then the computer will instantly register all of them for check out.

“So we think this will greatly reduce the amount of lines because right now we only have 2 to 4 staff members checking out,” Hartman said.

The library will be closed from May 1st to May 5th in order to install it.

They need to tag everything you can check out.

Also they will be closing off this area with a wall and placing the new checkout boxes here and other places throughout the building.

“So I think we’re all just anxious to get it started and to, to see how people like them and I think it’s really going to make the library a even better place then it is now,” Hartman said.

Bookmobiles will continue to run as scheduled.

The Alice C. Sabatini gallery, Millennium Café and Chandler Boutique will also remain open during the transition.

There will be a total of 11 kiosks through out the building.

The upgrade will cost about $277,000 which is coming out of the library’s budget for this year.

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