When libraries reopen, the demand for services will be higher than ever. However, concern for social distancing may stay with many of us for quite some time. These self-service solutions will enable you to meet community needs, while minimizing human contact and enabling patrons and staff to have better control over their environments.
Self-checkout Provides Safe Distancing
Self-service checkout limits human contact and enables patrons to keep a safe distance from one another. You can also set up your self-checkouts strategically for workflow.
For Libraries looking for a quick solution to be ready for reopening, our software works on our hardware or your library’s own computers. Simply download OneStop™ onto a library-owned computer, set-up a barcode scanner and you’re good to go. To help, EnvisionWare is including 2 hours of complimentary, remote installation consulting to help you get up and running quickly and cost effectively.
Register for our May 19th webinar to learn more.
Maximize eCollections with Self-service Tablets
During the pandemic, many Libraries are increasing their digital collections to provide remote patron access. When you reopen, the Tablet Station powered by Hublet can help you maximize your e-content collections without the need for staff interaction. Patrons can checkout the tablets themselves and sit anywhere that’s comfortable in the library. Library seating can be spread apart to provide distance. Watch this video to learn more >>
Offer Outside Access with the 24-Hour Library™
For patrons who are still concerned with entering public spaces, the 24-Hour Library™ is an ideal solution for outside access to a library. The 24-Hour Library is large enough that you can offer a broad collection and patrons can stay far apart from one another to browse or checkout material. The touch screen requires minimal interaction and patrons can get their materials in the fresh air. Watch this video to learn more >>
Work from Anywhere. Print at the Library.
Mobile printing is another solution for patrons who prefer to work outside of public spaces but need a printing solution. With MobilePrint, patrons can print from anywhere using smart phones, tablets, or personal computers and then stop by the library briefly to pick up the printouts.
For patrons who need to scan but want space, our Library Document Station offers a self-service solution for that too.
Designate a Reservation Time. Limit Waiting.
With unemployment at a record high, library computers, devices, and room spaces will be heavily utilized. Our new Reservation software enables patrons to set a designated reservation time so people don’t have to wait, limiting their time in the library and the proximity to others while waiting.
To learn more, watch our recent webinar >>
Automate Returns for Safer Handling
Many libraries had a spike in checkouts right before closing. When patrons are finally able to return these materials, return bins could be overflowing. Automated Materials Handling (AMH), offered in partnership with Lyngsoe Systems, will enable you to process materials quickly and safely. With AMH, patrons can return materials without staff intervention. To help staff minimize contact with the Virus, libraries can keep track of returns by bin or tote and hold for processing until the materials are safe to touch.