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The San Diego Public Library is taking steps to enhance customer service and improve efficiency. From now through July 2017, libraries across the city will undergo a system-wide technology upgrade. As a result, several of the branch libraries will close for approximately two weeks at a time.*

During a closure, items placed on hold will be kept at the library and the hold extended. Patrons can request to pick up items at a neighboring library. Visit the Library Locations page for contact information.

Upcoming Library Closures

Branch Name/Location

Closure Dates Reopening Date
North Park Library, 3795 31st St. Jun. 26, 2017 - Jul. 7, 2017 Saturday, July 8, 2017
College-Rolando Library, 6600 Montezuma Rd. Jul. 3, 2017 - Jul. 14, 2017 Saturday, July 15, 2017

*Closure dates and times subject to change.

Each library will receive equipment upgrades and RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) technology. Materials will be tagged with RFID microchips, replacing the use of barcodes to catalog and track materials. New user-friendly self-check machines and enhanced security gates will also be installed in several branch libraries.

Frequently Asked Questions

Skyline Library Self-check machine.Why is my library doing this project?

The San Diego Public Library plans to convert all materials in the library collection from barcode tags to Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) tags.

RFID-based systems combine security with more efficient tracking of materials in the library. This speeds up the process for patrons when they check out materials; it also simplifies the inventory process. New self-check machines allow for privacy and will limit waiting times. Patrons will have the option to select from 27 languages on the self-check machines.

How does the RFID technology work?

RFID is a combination of radio frequency-based technology and microchip technology.

The information contained on a microchip tag is read using radio frequency technology. The system does not require line of sight or a specific position to read the tags, unlike the barcodes.

Are there any privacy risks with RFID technology?

No, the content of the microchips in the RFID tags does not contain patron information.

With new check-out machines, will Library staff still be available?

Yes, there will always be a library staff member available to help patrons use the self check-out machines. 

How is this project being paid for?

This project is possible through a California State Library grant and donations to the San Diego Public Library's Matching Equipment Fund.