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Self Checkout Now Available at Sayville Library

Board meeting highlights other recent happenings.

Check Out Your Way is now up and running at the Sayville Library. Patrons can check out their own books and DVDs, as well as swipe their own credit card for transactions.

At this week’s board meeting, library director Alice Lepore said some patrons are very excited about the new system, while others are hesitant to the change.

The library staff is still available for any transactions and is also available to assist patrons with the self-checkout system. Advantages to the new technology are privacy at the workstations, shorter checkout lines and better security for library items.

For late fees of $1 and up, patrons can now use their credit card to pay off balances on their library cards.

Other happenings discussed at the meeting included:

  • Working with the school district to have the student art displayed in the cases during March.
  • A humor-themed poetry open mic night is being scheduled.
  • The Old ’88 sign is a bit more of a challenge to hang than originally anticipated, according to Lepore. The Sayville Historical Society had it refurbished for use in the library but due to its weight and size, estimates will be done for a professional installation.
  • TD Bank, which will be opening in Sayville later this year, has asked the library board for permission to use an old postcard to be enlarged and hung on the bank’s wall. The board approved the use.
  • The board is working on a policy about naming opportunities, since the library has been approached from several sources. The bylaws and policies committee will work out the details. 

The library board will meet again on Nov. 14 at 7 p.m.

Linda Hunt October 15, 2011 at 12:50 PM
I have always enjoyed the interaction with the employees at the check out desk. What a shame that once again, we are looking to relieve people of employment opportunities!
Alycia Broderick October 15, 2011 at 09:13 PM
Linda, Actually the desk clerks are still all there to help with whatever patrons need. There is still to option to use them, just the added option of self-checkout if desired for time constraints, privacy, etc. No jobs were lost, just added services to the patrons. I for one love it!!!

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