Bemis Library to close this week during installation of scanner system

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By Ramsey Scott

Despite its doors being shut this week, Littleton’s Bemis Library isn’t taking a holiday. Instead, the library will be shut down from Tuesday until Saturday for installation of a new scanning system.

The new system uses radio-frequency identification tags and scanners to sort incoming books into seven categories, such as fiction, nonfiction and children’s literature, said Meredith Gipson, assistant director at Bemis. But for the system to work, tags have to be placed on each book.

Gipson said the books will move along a conveyer belt after being placed in the book drop. The device will scan the radio-frequency tags and send each book to the right bin.

“It’s really some positive changes. We’re really looking forward to it,” Gipson said.

The new system will let librarians get returned books back on the shelves faster and will give employees more time to answer patrons’ questions, Gipson said. She said the system cost about $300,000.

While the library is closed, Gipson said, a librarian will be at the front door to answer any questions and take any returns. Yet returns shouldn’t be too much of a concern — Gipson said the library made certain no checked-out books would be due this week.

Bemis Library is at 6014 S. Datura St.; it will also be closed Monday this week for Presidents Day.

Contact Ramsey Scott at ramsey@evergreenco.com or 303-933-2233, ext. 22.