The John Gould Fletcher Library is planning to close its doors, in order to commence renovations to its book checkout system.
Currently the library use standard bar codes, requiring individual scanning and a proper alignment of readers. In an effort to enhance the checkout system, starting Feb. 1 the library will close for ten days and become the first of the twelve Central Arkansas Libraries to implement RFID technology.
Once completed, all the books will be equipped with RFID tags, allowing large stacks of books to be placed on a reader to check books in or out. Self-checkout terminals will also be installed, so patrons may quickly get in and out.
Library officials say the conversion will enhance library workflow by increasing the speed of checking books in and out, enabling staff members to focus more on working directly with patrons.
Other branches are scheduled to go through the process throughout the remainder of the year.