KCMO public libraries install new technology to help speed up checkout process

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The way you check out books in Kansas City is about to change.

The Kansas City Public Library is putting radio frequency ID tags on every piece of material it owns. An antenna sticker is placed inside every book, DVD and CD.

They are doing it one branch at a time, and the Ruiz Branch on West Pennway is closed for the next three days while the staff tags more than 7,500 materials.

This technology will speed up the way they check in and out books, and free up the staff to do more with patrons.

"It's also a great inventory tool, so we will be under able to understand our collection better, and we'll be able to get better materials on the shelf, materials the more reflect the community," KC Public Library deputy director Joel Jones said.

Other libraries such as Johnson County and Midcontinent already use these tags.

But by waiting several years for costs to come down, Kansas City Library officials say they saved a million dollars in costs.

For a full list of when each branch will close over the next few months, click here.

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