Boston Public Library
Strategic Planning

The BPL Compass

“What’s that machine?” You ask…

by Christine Schonhart

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Why, it’s the Library’s new self-checkout kiosk. And, if you’ve been to 15 of the neighborhood branches over the past year, you may have seen it or even used it yourself. In the next few months, a self-checkout kiosk will be installed in every branch of the Boston Public Library.

To use the kiosk:

1) Scan your library card barcode

2) Scan the BPL barcode, usually located on the front cover of the book

3) Place the book in the cradle until the screen indicates to remove it (you’ll also hear a “thud” sound)

4) Chose whether you’d like a printed receipt

At this time, only books can be checked out at the kiosk. Movies and music should be brought to a staff member for assistance.

If you’ve tried the self-checkout and want to let us know what you think, please leave a comment in the comments section. If you like to read more about the self-service trend in libraries check out this 2010 article from Library Journal.

Branches that currently have a self-checkout: Adams Street, Brighton, Charlestown (pictured), Codman Square, Dudley Square, Fields Corner, Grove Hall, Honan-Allston, Hyde Park, Lower Mills, Mattapan, Roslindale, South Boston, West End, and West Roxbury

Branches scheduled for installation: Connolly, Egleston Square, Faneuil, Jamaica Plain, North End, Parker Hill, South End, and Uphams Corner