RFID Library Management

- Multi-Lingual Automated RFID Self Serve -

RFID Library Management System

SkyRFID presents our new updated Multi-Lingual  Automated RFID Self Serve Library System - Sky Library Express

SkyRFID Library Express is a multi-lingual Automated Library System designed to facilitate the circulation and organization of small to large - sized collections of books, CD’s and DVD’s and other reading materials. 


All materials are equipped with an RFID label that provides monitoring and security for the materials available for borrowing.  The RFID tag is read each time an item is loaned out or returned to the library instead of patrons manually typing in or writing out book code numbers.


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Patron or member workstations employ touch screens for ease of legibility and simplicity of use.  ISO RFID cards are used to automatically identify authorized patrons and High Frequency 13.56 MHz RFID labels are utilized for the reading and viewing materials which eliminate all data entry errors.  To ensure that all books are checked out properly, the RFID label contains a special setting that must be changed by the RFID reader in order to remove the material from the library.  


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When you already have workstations for patrons and library staff, then you only need to add our desktop ISO 15693 reader:


SkyRFID 1356 Multi ISO Reader                      SkyRFID 1356 Multi ISO Antenna 

Patrons or members simply place their ID card on the RFID reader and then login to a Self Serve Station to borrow materials, browse the library, review their history, return materials, reserve an item that is currently on loan, and other patron or member activities.

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If the member does not have their ID card they can alternately enter their ID number using the numeric keypad displayed on the touch screen. 

Members borrow materials by placing them on the RFID reader pad which reads the tag ID allocates the materials to the member and then deactivates the EAS part of the RFID tag.

 To assist in accuracy all materials can have full colored images to show exactly what the material looks like that is being returned or loaned out.

  At the end of the session the patron is provided with a receipt for any items borrowed or returned.


If the materials are not correctly read and checked by the Self Serve Patron Stations then the alarm will sound when the patron tries to leave the library going through the RFID gate system.

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Sky Library Express registers each borrowing transaction including the return due date for each item based on item and member rules. If the item is not returned before this due date, penalties can be applied to the member and can lead to member disablement if not paid based on the item rules set up by the library administrators.


To make returning materials easy for the members Sky Library Express can also have one or more automated book/material drop boxes conveniently located anywhere in the library.

Members simply slide their returned materials through the access door and the automated RFID reader will read the materials RFID tag and then update the library system and provide the member with a receipt from the internal receipt printer.  This automated drop box improves library returns and borrowing as the staff can determine exactly how many items are in the drop box and members can also see the materials that are available in the drop box from the self serve patron stations.

In addition the materials are stored in bin-locations (shelves, cabinets, rooms, etc…) that are defined by the library staff so finding materials is very easy.


Since libraries can have many rooms, cabinets, etc., the library is also divided into Zones that represent a physical area in the library (floor, hall, room, group of shelves)



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Sky Library Express uses gloss polyester labels for long RFID label life and the label can have Library information such as name, logos, etc., printed on it during manufacturing.  For CD and DVD cataloging SkyRFID provides a circular disk label with a gloss polyester finish.

For organizations that want to move to the current state of the art technology and use PC/SC and CCID compliant for both ISO 14443A and ISO 18092 devices for NFC smart payments, or be able to swap out any reader without changing any programs or setups we provide the latest NFC 13.56 Reader Writers.

 SkyRFID PC SC NF 13.56 MHz Reader Writer


 SkyRFID supplies this library system in a variety of 13.56 ISO protocols designed to suit a variety of budgets and user needs.  ISO 14443A, ISO 15693 and ISO 18000-3 standards are available for both the readers and labels used in the system.
The Sky Library Express solution is available as a complete turnkey solution including Touch Screen Stations, SQL server, Door Gates or Portals, Software, Training, Implementation Service and Support. 


For your implementation please contact SkyRFID to obtain local area information.



RFID Library Tag and RFID Book Tag

Library applications require RFID tags for books and also for CD/DVD's that are in the collection.  Magazines and other items that are loaned or rented out should also be identified with RFID tags.

SkyRFID can provide excellent quality labels for books and CD/DVD's in both HF frequenices and UHF. Both frequencies can be utilized in a library with the major difference that UHF provides a faster and longer read range making inventory taking much faster.  Both frequencies can use Checkout Gates for theft deterance and both frequencies can use dual freqeuncy cards for Access Control and Book or CD/DVD loaning and rentals.

In addition to book and DVD collections these tags can also be utilzed for document tracking and tracing.

RFID High Frequency 13.56 MHz Tags for Books and DVD's

Library applications using HF - High Frequency which has been the standard for years can implement ISO 14443A proximity - very close read distance or ISO 15693 vicinity - longer read distances which when used with gates can provide over 1 meter (3 feet) read distance.  ICODE SLI S2 or simply ICODE2 also has an additional advantage of having an EAS bit change capability in the IC.  What this means is that you can set the EAS bit so that when the book or DVD passes through the gates the alarm does not sound.  However the system has authorized the loaning or renting of the book or DVD to a specific person.  

Shown below is SkYRFID recommendation for a library book tag in 13.56 MHz.  We do try to use gloss polyester labels where possible as they provide a much longer life than regular paper labels. These labels can have printing or logos on them prior to implementation for a professional looking system.

With our ICODE SLI S2 label and standard reader you can read and chagne the tag state at approximately 6 inches or 15 centimeters.  You can also RFID read multiple tags at the same time with our standard reader.


RFID 13.56 MHz. Library Tag      RFID 13.56 MHz. Library Tag Inlay

This is one of our Gloss Polyester 13.56 Mhz. Library Tags - as it appears when mounted in the book and the actual inlay used

Gloss Polyester provides a longer wearing more durable surface than plain paper 

When you need to tag CD's or DVD's with RFID labels then the following labels are available for implementation.

RFID TI 13.56 CD DVD Tag           RFID UPM 13.56 CD DVD Tags

Both of these circular disk tags are avaialble in ISO 14443A and ISO 15693

RFID UHF - Ultra High Frequency Gen 2 806 ~ 960 MHz Tags for Books and DVD's

 SkyRFID can provide eitherour paper tags or gloss polyester labels for Gen 2 UHF book collection applications.  These RFID labels are available in a variety of different Integrated Circuitsfor use in Library or Document Collections.

However when you want to be able to take inventory of books and they are on a book shelf our new Spline label is the way to achieve fast and accurate inventory taking.

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SkyRFID UHF Gen 2 RFID Book Spline Tag

This new RFID book tag has a read range of over 7 meters using SkyRFID hand held reader at full power and is perfect for taking inventories of large collections. This new library tag is 90 mm x 5.6 mm x 0.5 mm (3.54" x 0.21" x 0.019")and semi rigid so it is easy to insert into a book spline quickly. Higgs3 with 96 bits EPC, 512 memory and 32 bit TID

For DVD collections our Monza4 tag with 128 bit EPC, 32 bits of User Memory and a Serialized TID is the tag to use for longer read distance on DVD's

SkyRFID Monza4 CD DVD Tag 

32 mm diameter Clear Gloss Label

Able to read a Finished DVD in its case from up to 2 meters (6 feet) away with Hand Held Reader