New Way To Check Out Begins May 6

The library will be closed May 1-5 and will reopen May 6 with an awesome, new way to check out. What does that mean for you? Shorter, or even eliminated, wait times when checking out and more check-out kiosks conveniently located throughout the library.

Cafe special hours:
M–F 8:15am – 4pm
Sat & Sun, closed
Booktique hours:
M-F 10am – 6pm
Sat 10am – 5pm
Sun 12pm – 5pm
Gallery hours:
M-F 9am – 9pm
Sat 9am – 6pm
Sun 12pm – 9pm
Note: Community meetings will occur as scheduled.

A few library services will be open during these 5 days. Our Bookmobiles will be out in the community already checking out materials on this new system. Inside the building, the Alice C. Sabatini Gallery, Millennium Café and Chandler Booktique will be open. Businesses and organizations that reserved our meeting rooms during this time will still be able to hold their meetings.

The library is adopting Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) tags as a way to check out, instead of using barcodes. RFID tags are used worldwide for a variety of purposes including employee ID badges and in K-Tags used by Turnpike motorists.

With RFID tags, items will check out faster. The entire library staff will be involved in converting 450,000+ items – hence, the need to close.

longlinesYou will continue to use your library card. The new system will require a PIN to check out. This is also a great opportunity to update your PIN. Instead of scanning each book, movie or other item individually, RFID enables you to place your stack on a scanner pad, and voilà, all the items are checked out at once. Occasionally your stack may need to be fanned out to make sure all the tags get read.

Change happens. Rest assured, we’ll be here to help you when you need us.

If you have questions about how this new way to check out may affect you, come in or call Ruth at 785-580-4421. If you’ve received marketing messages about this change and want to update your preferences on how we communicate with you, call Diana at 785-580-4486.

A public relations professional, editor and writer, Lisa shares the library story in her blog posts, in the bimonthly Library News, and media interviews. A self-described social media and news nut, Lisa harnesses that passion to raise awareness and understanding of the library's vital role in this community.