New Technology Pushes Library Into New Chapter Of The Digital Age

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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW)-- A new quicker, convenient way to check out materials will soon be available at the Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library.

Frequent users of the Topeka and Shawnee County Library will notice a big change Tuesday. "Sleek, easy to use check out machines that will do everything except make dinner," said Chief Executive Officer of TSCPL, Gina Millsap.

Staff spent countless hours installing radio frequency chips on more than 250,000 items.

11 total kiosks will be available throughout the library, speeding up the checkout process for visitors.

Tiffani Bryant, a frequent user, tested out the new system, saying," I like that you can do them all at once because a lot of times I do have my bag full so being able to get in and just put several items at one time is a lot nicer."

For those not comfortable with the switch-over just yet, library officials will provide help. "Our goal with the new machines even though they're very easy is to have someone assist people coming in and we'll be doing that for several weeks. There's always going to be somebody on hand to assist," said Millsap.

Millsap says another 100 thousand books are checked out right now. Those items will be tagged as they come in.