SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – Two new self-checkout machines – one located at the circulation desk and another in the children’s room – were installed at the South Plainfield Public Library last week.
“We previously had just one self-checkout machine but it was quite old and no longer worked after we joined the consortium and switched over to the new system last spring” said Linda Hansen, the library’s director. “As a result, when looking to replace it, we moved forward with plans for a second one in the children’s room.”
The machines can be utilized to pay fines by credit card, checkout new materials, renew items and/or review library accounts. Simply scan your card, enter your four-digit pin, select the service you wish to use, and follow the prompts.
According to Hansen, the self-checkouts are designed to provide patrons with privacy as well as convenience. “We recognize that patrons may sometimes need to check out materials on sensitive topics and may not be comfortable sharing that information with our staff,” she said. “Also, for those who may need to conduct their business quickly, the machines will allow for a quick and easy checkout.”
Additionally, said the director, use of the machines is option; they are in no way intended to eliminate the need for library personnel. “The services available through the machine are limited and the self-checkouts are here simply as a courtesy to those patrons who may wish to use them,” said Hansen. “They are in no way designed to replace library staff.”
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