Library Management System

RFID Library Management System

Libraries of all kinds whether public or special are looking forward to adopt new technologies for cost savings in the operations and the management of books and readers. One such technology which is gaining tremendous popularity among every library is Radio Frequency Identification Technology (RFID) to increase the self check in & out processes, to control the theft and for convenient inventory control in library.

A library is a collection of information, sources, resources, books, and services. Apart from books many libraries are now also repositories and access points for maps, prints, or other documents on various storage media such as Cassettes, videotapes, audio tapes, CDs, and DVDs. Libraries have materials arranged in a specified order according to a library classification system, so that items may be located quickly and collections may be browsed efficiently. Library management system can be managed automatically by tagging them with RFID tags. It will automatically increase the productivity and reducing the queuing time for issuing and returning of books. For security purpose, the goal of the security system should be to provide a safe and secure facility for library employees, library resources and equipment and library readers.

The Library Management System is based on UHF RFID readers, supported with antennas at gate and transaction sections, and library cards containing RFID-transponders which are able to electronically store information that can be read / written even without the physical contact with the help of radio medium. The RFID tag does not have to be visible for detection. It can be read even when it is enclosed in an item, such as in the cardboard cover of a book or in the packaging of a product. It has a storing capacity of data such as access number, book number, author information etc.

With the help of self check in/out systems. The person has to identify himself with a code, which is preferably a personal identification number, or any form of unique identity code. Books selected by the person are identified by the system. And, the book’s tag is deactivated by the system. When a book is returned, the check-in/out system activates again.

Uses of Library Management System

  • Editing and updating of reader’s record
  • Add and deleting of reader’s record
  • Generate loan history for a particular reader
  • Managing of fines incurred by the reader
  • Program of new library material

Reasons for choosing UHF in Library Application

UHF technology was chosen for library application due to its long read range, speed of frequency and low cost. The read range of mercury 4 reader is up to 2 meters, which is sufficient to monitor the movement of books across the gates.

Features to the Library using RFID technology :

  • To remove manual book keeping of records
  • Traceability of books and library members as they move
  • Improved utilization of resources like manpower, infrastructure etc.
  • Less time consumption as line of sight and manual interaction are not needed for RFID-tag reading.
  • To provide 2 meters read range antennas
  • To minimize the manual intervention
  • To minimize the manual errors
  • To provide the long lasting labels
  • To provide fast searching of books

Advantages of RFID systems

  • Self check in & check out
  • Time Saving
  • High reliability
  • Reduces Queuing Time
  • Easy to locate misplaced book
  • High-speed inventorying (ability to scan books on the shelves without tipping them out or removing them).
  • Transparent monetary transactions
  • Automated materials handling
  • Anti- Theft Detection
  • Easy Process

Benefits

  • Time saving
  • Provide Value Added Customer Service & does not need of manual typing.
  • Perform check-in/-out for those readers who choose not to use the self service system
  • Help readers that need assistance from the staff
  • The monitoring module will continuously monitor the movement of books across the gates, so that the books taken out without prior issuing will be traced out easily and will alarm the librarians.
  • The searching module provides the fast searching of books using RFID reader.

Conclusion

RFID in the library speeds up book borrowing, monitoring, books searching processes. We offer RFID Library Management System for companies that want to track physical items between locations. Awareness of RFID technology and the benefits it delivers is increasing across the industry. We deliver our software application to end users of a complete RFID asset tracking solution.

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