A self-issue machine is a machine that is used in a library or other setting to allow users to check out or return items on their own, without the assistance of library staff. These machines typically have a user interface that allows users to scan their library card or enter their library card number, and then scan the barcode on the item they wish to check out or return. Some self-issue machines may also allow users to pay fines, renew items, or access other library services. Self-issue machines are often used in libraries to improve efficiency and reduce the workload of library staff, but they may also be used in other settings, such as rental or lending libraries, or to facilitate the check-out and return of equipment or other items.
There are several different types of self-issue machines that may be used in libraries and other settings. Some common types of self-issue machines include:
- Self-checkout machines: These machines allow users to check out library items on their own, by scanning their library card and the barcode on the item.
- Self-return machines: These machines allow users to return library items on their own, by scanning the barcode on the item.
- Self-service kiosks: These machines provide a range of services, including the ability to check out and return items, pay fines, renew items, and access other library services.
- Automatic book drop machines: These machines allow users to return library items without the assistance of library staff. The items are placed in a chute or bin, and are automatically checked in and processed by the library.
- RFID self-service machines: These machines use radio-frequency identification (RFID) technology to allow users to check out and return items by simply placing them near the machine, rather than scanning a barcode.
- Mobile self-checkout systems: These systems allow users to check out items using a mobile device, such as a smartphone or tablet, rather than using a self-issue machine.
The specific type of self-issue machine used may depend on the needs and resources of the library or other setting, as well as the preferences and preferences of the users.