For those library customers who visited us at our temporary location in Elgin Mall during the 2011 Library Revitalization, this is nothing new. But for 153 Curtis Street, a mystery machine has taken up residence on the main floor of St. Thomas Public Library. The Self Check-out machine has been installed and is up and running!
What does this mean? It means that you don’t have to wait in line to check out your library books! It means that if you just want to check out one or two books and you’re the fifth person in line, stuck behind someone who is searching the forgotten depths of their wallet for the last two cents owing on their account and you have a doctor’s appointment on the other side of the city in ten minutes, you can make the appointment and have the book you want to read in the waiting room!
It also means confidentiality. Some people may be embarrassed or don’t want people to know what they’re reading. For example, if you’re a 55 year-old male and want to borrow 50 Shades of Grey “for your wife.” The Self Check-out is a 100% “No questions asked” machine! (Please note that the staff at St. Thomas Public Library would not judge you for taking out any of the books we offer. It’s more of a “peace of mind” thing when it comes to the Self Check-out.)
The Self Check-out is pretty user friendly. The large, easy-to-read screen walks you through the check-out process step-by-step. Customers just need their library card and their library account PIN (Personal Identification Number.) If you don’t have your PIN, you can ask the staff at the Circulation Desk for it.
Customers should note that the Self Check-out is for books only, which allows for a quick and easy process. The machine will have you checked out in about one minute (depending on how many books you check out.) It’s easy-peasy, lemon squeezey!
Remember – we’re here to help! If you would like, a staff member can show you how to use the Self Check-out.