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Library goes digital with hi-tech kiosks

Local students try the new book scanner at Coleraine Library with librarians Maxine Hasson and Kirsten Walker. INCR21-355PL

Local students try the new book scanner at Coleraine Library with librarians Maxine Hasson and Kirsten Walker. INCR21-355PL

Borrowing a book from Coleraine Library has gone space age!

Earlier this month library users were introduced to touch-screen self- services kiosks at the Queen Street library.

The large digital monitors are already proving popular with media-savvy youngsters - and even their parents!

The kiosks are just part of a number of key changes which have taken place including free Wi-Fi access for members and new computers with improved software facilities.

The kiosks will allow library members to borrow and return their books and provide cash handling facilities if required. Each transaction is facilitated by the barcode on the library member’s card or key card.

The new kiosks are located strategically at the front doors of the library to allow customers to return or renew books with ease and staff members are on hand to help customers as they get used to the new service.

Commenting on the exciting new services, Joan Mulholland Branch Library Manager said: “We are delighted that the new self-service kiosks are in place and customers are happily beginning to use them. The kiosks and the free Wi-fi are two exciting new introductions for the library and we have been encouraged by their uptake.

“As customers get used to the new way of working, staff will be able to support the busy programme of activities in the library including Rhythm and Rhyme, Storytime, computer classes and regular events for customers.”

The RFID scanners can read up to nine books at a time.

There are also coin slots in the RFID self-service machines to allow customers to pay their fines.

 
 
 

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