Radio frequency identification (RFID) systems have been in use in libraries for five years for book identification, for self‐checkout, for anti‐theft control, for inventory control, and for sorting and conveying of library books and AV materials. These applications can lead to significant savings in labour costs, enhance customer service, and lower book theft and can provide a constant record update of media collections. In this paper the components and technical features of a modern RFID library system are described to provide a guideline for the evaluation of different systems. A short report of three installations in Europe (one university library and two public libraries) is also provided. It is noted that an important point is that non‐proprietary systems can be used for libraries today since the new generation of RFID‐chips with the ISO standard 15693 are available. With this technology libraries are not dependent on one company for their lifeline.
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