As the largest European RFID library project the Munich Public Library (www.muenchner-stadtbibliothek.de) has decided to work with the BiblioChip RFID System. Bibliotheca RFID Library Systems and the ekz.bibliotheksservice GmbH together won the European tender and now start the three million Euro project. In the beginning of 2006 two quarter libraries and the Main Library will be the first who will use RFID. 23 other quarter libraries will follow until 2009.
Altogether, more than 1.5 million open shelves materials will be equipped with RFID-tags which substitute the barcode labels and electromagnetic security labels.
To increase efficiency and optimize all routine work, several Self Check-out Stations for the patrons, RFID Staff Stations, Sensor Gates and Book Return Machines with sorter systems will be installed. Now, a future oriented service with a modern library system can compensate the yearly rising library usage. More than 49,000 materials circulate every day in the Munich Libraries. “Almost five million visits and an increase of 13.3 percent check-outs in 2004 show unrivaled annual results by European comparison. We want to improve our service and performance with an attractive library system and a better customer service by self check-out”, explains Dr. Eva Schubert, director of the Main Library.
“We are proud to install Europe's Number One RFID System in one of the most visited cultural institutions of Munich. Without doubt, this important project reinforces the use of RFID in libraries. RFID is already a technology that is perfectly accepted in libraries and its usage will continuously increase in the future,” says Marcel Nauer from Bibliotheca Switzerland.
The BiblioChip System is rightly called the “Next generation RFID Library System”: It is a non-proprietary solution based on ISO standards and easy to connect to any other library management system. Patrons can use Self Check-out Stations and 24 hour Automatic Book Returns for a quick check in/out. The self-service makes media circulation faster and reduces waiting lines. In case of the Public Library Winterthur/Switzerland which is using RFID since two years the circulation frequency could even increase by 40 per cent without other employee. The staff is relieved for the benefit of a better customer care. For media security there is no additional tag needed: Just a single RFID Label attached to all kinds of different media is taking over both tasks: security and check in/out.
Bibliotheca will continuously develop the system in a sense to response to the features requested by librarians. The result is the fastest, most reliable and economical RFID library system available.