TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW)-- A change in how people check out materials will shut down the Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library.
The library will close May 1st through 5th so staff can install radio frequency chips on more than 450,000 items. The chips function similar to K-Tags. They'll allow library patrons to use any of 11 kiosks stationed throughout the library to check out items themselves.
Library officials say the upgrade will improve security and will eliminate long lines for checkout. It also means items like DVDs and CDs will be out in the open, rather than in lock boxes. Patrons also will be able to use the kiosks to pay late fees.
Though the library will be closed, the Alice C. Sabatini Art Gallery will be open, the Millennium Cafe will be open on the week days and The Chandler Booktique gift and bookstore will be open. Meeting rooms also will be available as scheduled.
In addition, library bookmobiles are running their regular routes. People who are notified that a reserve item is available should call 580-4400 and request that it be sent to a bookmobile stop of their choice.
The library also notes its telephone reference will be operating and the Digital Branch, www.tscpl.org, is always open.
Posted by Kion Hudson and Melissa Brunner