RFID in libraries

RFID in libraries

RFID technology in libraries makes life easier for visitors and librarians through faster checkout, easier returns, simpler inventory and extra security. This market-leading solution is already used in many libraries around the world.

Key features and benefits

Application benefits

  • Faster check-out and 24/7 self return service
  • Fast and automated sorting of returned books
  • Improves inventorymanagement
  • Identification of misplaced books
  • Reliable theft protection

Application features

  • Unique serialized identification
  • Does not require line-of-sight
  • Easily applicable to all media types
  • Reliable, fast and convenient identification
  • Integrated EAS security functionality 


Today, over 3,000 libraries worldwide have already introduced RFID and millions of customers benefit from this technology.

Libraries strive to provide great service and to ensure easy access to media products. With thousands of visitors choosing from copious books, CDs, videos, and computer games storing and controlling inventory poses huge challenges. RFID labels can be applied easily to all types of media.

To reduce the waiting time for visitors and to relieve the staff, most libraries that are using RFID rely on the use of RFID-powered self-service media checkout stations. This reduces labor, ensures that books are reshelved quickly, shortens wait times and encourages more people to visit the library. It also gives the staff more time to directly support the customers. In some cases, self-service stations allow customers to return media anytime, 24 hours a day.

Taking inventory with the aid of RFID takes only a fraction of the time required with traditional systems. Handheld RFID readers can be used to quickly, conveniently and reliably locate misplaced books. New systems such as Smart Shelves enable real-time location of all media within the library.

In addition, on-chip electronic article surveillance (EAS) functionality offers theft protection. When properly borrowed, the EAS function in the chip is deactivated. In the case of an attempted theft, the system will trigger an alarm at the exit gates. The EAS function is reactivated when the product returns.

NXP’s ICODE chip is fully compliant with ISO 28560 and ISO 15693, the standards designed for RFID library applications. ICODE offers the longest reading range of any standards-based passive HF RFID technology. This has led to ICODE becoming the most popular and reliable RFID choice for libraries around the world.

NXPs product portfolio is the perfect fit for libraries

ICODE is the industry standard for high-frequency (HF) smart label solutions with billions of ICs in the field and thousands of successful installations. ICODE is a proven technology and supports the ISO 15693 / ISO 18000-3 compliant infrastructure. 

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