Library Buildings are Closed for Technology Upgrades

Access to both library buildings will be unavailable May 17-22. Patrons may still pick up items at the Drive-Up Window at the Main Library and Curbside Service at the North Lewisburg Branch Library during normal hours. Book drops will remain open, but no items will be due during the closure.

During this week, library staff will be converting as much of the 120,000 items in the collection as possible over to RFID technology. Radio Frequency IDentification technology enables multiple items to be checked out all at once instead of scanning each individual barcode. This makes for a better checkout experience, especially when using the new self-checkout kiosks that are now available.

RFID technology has many benefits that also include making it easier to manage the library's collection. By decreasing the staff time involved in the inventory process, staff can then devote time to other projects that improve our library services.

If you have not taken advantage of our drive-up service, this is a great time to try it out! Place holds on items through our online card catalog or call the library to have a staff person assist you. The library will notify you when your items are ready for pick up. At the Main Library, the Drive-Up Window is located on the west side of the building. Just pull up to the window, call us at 937-653-3811 to let us know you are there and we will get your items for you. At the North Lewisburg Branch Library, park in the marked space, open your trunk, call 937-747-3043 to let us know you have arrived, and we will place your items in your trunk. No appointment is needed.



What is RFID?

RFID stands for Radio Frequency Identification.  It is a proven technology that is used in many libraries around the world.  RFID produces a harmless low-level radio frequency that is detected by a reader. 



RFID simplifies the checkout process.  Many library users check out dozens of books at a time. Currently, each item must be scanned individually at checkout, but with RFID, an entire stack of books can be scanned at one time.

RFID allows for faster, more accurate inventory.  Staff will also be able to use a hand-held reader allowing them to scan shelves for missing or misplaced items.


How private are RFID tags?

No personally identifiable information is on the RFID tag, only the item is identified, not the customer. 

The RFID tags do not generate a signal on their own; they are only active in the presence of a reader. The read-range of the tags is only 24 inches or less and the only information would be about the item itself.


Are RFID systems safe?

The World Health Organization (WHO) and many other organizations have conducted extensive research on the potential health effects of exposure to electromagnetic fields, and have confirmed that there is no evidence of any adverse effects to general health.