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STAFF REPORTER

Timaru Library now has a self check-out system.

The library was closed for four days earlier this month to upgrade its facilities, which launched on Friday, August 10.

The upgrade included the self check-out and returns system, as well as a new door at the back of the building for direct access to the car park and new security gates by the building entrances.

All the library’s books were tagged last year in preparation for the new radio frequency identification (RFID) system launch.

Library users will now be able to check books out themselves, as well as returning items to a returns shelf which will automatically take the book off the user’s account, Timaru district libraries manager Adele Hewlett said.

“The amazing thing about this is that the books then instantly return to circulation. People [can] then come and take books off this returns shelf and take them out themselves.”

She said the district’s libraries would be maintaining current staff levels and the new technology would allow staff more interaction with customers.

“We understand how important it is for library users to have a great experience when they visit the library . . . and once people get used to this system, we know they’ll love it.

“We’ll always have staff on hand at the library to give advice and help to anyone that needs it.”

The libraries in Temuka and Geraldine will also get the self-issue technology and new security gates.