New, simpler checkouts at Madison Public Library

How do I use the new RFID checkouts?Madison Public Library reopens with new RFID system to speed up checkouts. Work has been going on behind the scenes for some time to place RFID (Radio-frequency identification) tags in every item in the Madison Public Library, and MPL was closed on Monday and Tuesday of this week (March 8-9) to finish the installation. As a result, checking out books at MPL is much simpler!

To check out a book, scan your library card, place your items on the platform, and take your receipt:

How do I use the new RFID checkouts?

There are new security gates set up at the entrance to Madison Public Library:

MPL's new RFID gates

If an item that hasn't been checked out goes through the gates, a buzzer will sound and the gates will light up, like this:

What happens if you don't check out a book?

(See the full flickr photoset here.)

Thank you for your patience while MPL was closed for two days. We hope you'll agree that the quicker, easier system was worth the wait.