A Tool To Library Security
RFID= radio frequency based technology+microchip
Generic term of technologies- use radio waves to
automatically identify people or object
First used in the late 1960’s
RFID – Libraries-1990
Singapore- 1st country to introduce RFID in libraries
Rockfeller Uni.- New York- 1st academic lib.-U.S -1999
Farmington Community Library-1st public institution1999
• Hoogezand-Sappemeer ( Netherlands)-1st public lib.Europe-2001
• Most use of RFID technology : 1. U.S
“ Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) is the technology that is
slated to replace barcodes in library applications. It is a form of
identification that is contact less and does not require line of
sight. The technology, though new to libraries, has been in use
in other sectors for more than 20 years. The RFID tags are
placed in books and generally covered with a property sticker.
Antennas of different sizes, based on application are used to
read the tags and manage the various library functions.
The RFID solution is a revolutionary application of
automatic identification and data capture technology. In a
Library environment RFID technology, resembles a traditional
barcode system in that it provides a means of assigning an ID to
an item and reading that ID to perform circulation transactions
or to take inventory”
RFID and Library
Since Library staff performed various functions
Helped library staff to protect library assets ( like
books etc.) and its user friendly too.
The application of RFID in Libraries can be well
explained through diagram.
It provides effective & efficient benefit library
It has enhanced the security level collection.
It has removed various repetitve work carried out by
It has enabled self check in/ check out system.
Easy to remove the tag from the book
Exit gate sensor problem
Possible to block radio signal by metallic content by
Rafiq Muhammed, Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) : It’s Usage
& Libraries, avaiable online at http://eprints.rclis.org/6179/1/RFID.pdf
(accessed on 24-12-13)
Ansari, M.A (2010) RFID: A Boom in Library, National Seminar
Gormaen, G.E(2002)The digital factor in Library & Information
Grover, Priyanka & Ahuja, Anshul (2010) Radio Frequency
Identification based Library Management System, International
journal of advanced computer science & applications, 1(1), p.41-45
( available online at
.pdf, accessed on 26-1-14)
Stephen, A ( 2008) Fundamental of RFID: Design & Development,
Garfiels, S. & Rosenberg , Beth(2005) RFID: Application, Security and
Privacy, NewYork: Addison Wesley Professional
Bil, Glover (2006) RFID essential, NewYork: O’Reiley media
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