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3M Library Systems is proud to have helped many fine libraries with their productivity, security and information management needs.

Browse our case study library to what products and solutions were found for diffent libraries. This is also your chance to find out why you, too, should make 3M your library partner for success.

For full details of our Whitepapers and Case Studies, please click on the section headers below.

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RFID Whitepapers

RFID 101

RFID 101

Do you need RFID? What is it? How does it work? The first part in the RFID Education Series gives you the basics of RFID and provides four reasons to invest in RFID (and three reasons to wait).

PDF, 247KB
 
RFID 201

RFID 201

The second part of the series explores the basics of what RFID technology is and discusses the potential and risks for your library and the benefits for your customers.

PDF, 282KB
 
RFID 301

RFID 301

A detailed look at a critical part of RFID technology— RFID tags. Learn about tag characteristics, differences, standards, quality concerns and security issues.

PDF, 447KB
 
RFID 401

RFID 401

Your library collection will last a long time. Your RFID tags need to last just as long. Even ISO compliance doesn't guarantee tag reliability or longevity.

PDF, 387KB
 
RFID 501

RFID 501

This is an exciting time in the evolution of RFID (radio frequency identification) technology for libraries. National and international committees will soon finalize a number of important standards. The new standards will improve the interoperability and flexibility of library RFID systems and make the technology even more valuable.

PDF, 378KB
 
RFID 601

RFID 601

You’ve decided it’s right for your library system and you’d like to start moving toward implementation. How do you decide what kind of RFID system works for you? How do you go about funding and implementing that system? And how do you protect your investment?

PDF, 307KB
 
RFID 701

RFID 701

A regulatory overview of using RFID technology in your library - the article outlines the CE procedure in regards to Europeans directives, harmonized standards and labelling.

PDF, 811KB
 

Case Studies for Academic Libraries

The University of Leicster - Opens State of The Art Library

The University of Leicster - Opens State of The Art Library

Thursday the 4th December 2008, HM the Queen officially opened the University of Leicester’s state-of-the-art David Wilson Library. HM The Queen, escorted by the University’s Chancellor Sir Peter Williams, was accompanied by HRH The Duke of Edinburgh who in turn was escorted by the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Bob Burgess.

PDF, 363KB
 
Securing the Future at Glasgow Caledonian University

Securing the Future at Glasgow Caledonian University

3M™ Library Systems protect some of the most stunning academic buildings in the world. The latest of these is Glasgow Caledonian University’s new landmark Saltire Centre, which opened on 30th January.

PDF, 258KB
 

Case Studies for Public Libraries

Widnes Library Leads Next Generation

Widnes Library Leads Next Generation

Widnes Library in Halton has become the first in the UK to install the 3M™ SelfCheck™ V-Series, 3M’s fifth generation SelfCheck™ System. Widnes is also the first library under Halton Borough Council to introduce self-issue.

PDF, 372KB
 
RFID Jump-Starts Self-Issue

RFID Jump-Starts Self-Issue

Self-issue has quadrupled at Liverpool’s Allerton Community Library following the introduction of the 3M™ SelfCheck™ R-Series - the first public library installation in the north.

PDF, 366KB
 
Sutton Public Library Turns to Page One

Sutton Public Library Turns to Page One

People in the London Borough of Sutton have every opportunity to be some of the best read in the country: well certainly very up-to-date with new titles - fiction and reference.

PDF, 371KB
 

Case Studies for School & College Libraries

Book Boost Win for King Arthur’s Community School

Book Boost Win for King Arthur’s Community School

Irene Chant went ‘off curriculum’ on a recent shopping spree, filling her trolley with mystical dungeons, dragons and demons, vroom vroom fast cars and superbikes, a bundle of fiction for a good read and became starry-eyed over the New Astronomer.

PDF, 305KB
 
Self-Service is the Way Forward at North Herts College

Self-Service is the Way Forward at North Herts College

The Stevenage Centre at North Hertfordshire College has installed the 3M™ SelfCheck™ system to encourage ‘out of hours’ and weekend use. Students can now issue, return and renew their own books without the need for staff intervention.

PDF, 314KB
 

Case Studies for Specific Products

RFID Helps Manage the Flow of Library Materials

RFID Helps Manage the Flow of Library Materials

Farmington Public Library ordered a fully configured 3M RFID system, with new 3M™ SelfCheck™ Systems Model 7210 and upgrades to several previously installed machines, as well as 3M™ Staff Workstations, 3M™ RFID Tags, 3M™ Digital Library Assistants (DLAs), and a 3M™ SelfCheck™ System S-Series with five bins for sorting materials.

PDF, 59KB
 
At Addison Public Library, the 3M™ Integrated Disc Media Unlocker Leads to a “Dramatic” Increase in Self-Service

At Addison Public Library, the 3M™ Integrated Disc Media Unlocker Leads to a “Dramatic” Increase in Self-Service

With a bigger, busier new building and no increase in staff, the Addison Public Library needed a way to boost productivity. The library board and staff decided to complement their existing barcode circulation system with 3M’s RFID-enabled. Integrated Disc Media Unlocker.

PDF, 190KB
 
“Worth the Risk?”

“Worth the Risk?”

The advent of a vast global digital communications network has given individuals access to an astonishing range of information, culture and entertainment. With a few mouse clicks, one can read a periodical’s latest edition or a recent government report.

PDF, 70KB