Self-Check Comes to the Library




By: Kristin Evans

Director of Library Services


The ‘Check-Out the Library’ theme of these articles has never been more apropos than in this article today which introduces the new self-check out machines recently installed at both library locations. Many of you are probably familiar with these types of machines, having seen them at grocery stores and airport kiosks but did you that self-check machines have been in libraries for many years now? Anyone who has been to an academic library or a large city library probably has experience using one of these machines. Well, now with the help of a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, we have these wonderful devices in our own Henry County libraries.

These machines are very easy to use. You just walk up and follow the directions on the screen. You will scan your library card and then scan your library materials. With the press of a few buttons on the touch screen you will get a receipt and just like that you have checked out your materials. These machines can be used for any regular check-out. If you need to pay fines, pick-up hold items, or check out DVDs you will still need to use the circulation desk.

For those of you who prefer saying hi to our friendly librarians and having your items checked out by an employee, don’t you worry. Nothing is going to change at the circulation desk. Our staff will always be ready and happy to help you with your library transactions. The self-check machines are for those who are in a hurry and wish to avoid lines at the desk. This is just one more service we are proud to provide for our community to make sure that patrons have multiple check-out options and are able to use the method they prefer.

This project is supported by the Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act as administered by the Missouri State Library, a division of the Office of the Secretary of State.