Self-checkout kiosk

The Auburn Public Library will officially launch its new self-checkout technology on Wednesday, May 31.

The Auburn Public Library will officially launch its new self-checkout technology on Wednesday, May 31. This project was made possible by the City of Auburn and a $50,000 Library Services and Technology Act grant, which also funded the implementation of radio frequency identification (RFID) to streamline circulation services and collection management. The project includes four self-checkout stations for patrons, RFID-enabled workstations for staff, and RFID tags in all of the library’s 55,000+ books, audiobooks, and DVDs.

To celebrate, the Auburn Public Library will host an open house for the public on Wednesday, May 31, 2017 from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. The event will include a continental breakfast and guided, hands-on walkthroughs for patrons who would like to know more about this new technology. The Friends of the Auburn Public Library, a nonprofit organization established solely to support the Auburn Public Library, will provide refreshments.

The Auburn Public Library was established in 1947 to serve the residents of Auburn, Alabama. Today, the Auburn Public Library provides residents with a collection that reflects the diverse and dynamic interests of our community, with access to public technology and information resources, and with programs and activities that contribute to an active, engaged, and informed society.

The Library Services and Technology Act is the only federal program dedicated exclusively to libraries, and it is administered to libraries nationwide by the Institute of Museum and Library Services. For this project, grant funds were awarded to the Auburn Public Library through the Alabama Public Library Service, which uses a competitive evaluation program to award funds based on library usage and community needs.

For more information about the Auburn Public Library, please contact Library Director Chris Warren at or 501-3191.

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