Self Checkout

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Self Checkout is usually facilitated by stand-alone units which allow patrons to access their library accounts for the purpose of borrowing items without staff assistance. Typically, the self checkout process involves (1) scanning the library card, (2) scanning the items to be borrowed, and (3) ending the transaction (with the option to generate a receipt).

The first self checkout units relied on reading barcoded cards and items using a stationary laser line. More recent units utilize Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) on cards and items, removing the difficulty of finding and properly aligning barcodes.

Sometimes, self checkout units are paired with Self Check-in units for a complete self-service system.

Libraries Using Self Checkout

  • Marathon County Public Library (MCPL), Wausau, WI Contact
  • McMillan Memorial Library, Wisconsin Rapids
  • Fayetteville Public Library, Fayetteville, Arkansas


  • Self-Checkout at McMillan: a nuts and bolts guide.
  • Connecting multiple touch screens to a single PC to reduce implementation costs when deploying Self-checkout in the library
  • - Add different themes, like "Pirate", to your ITG XpressCheck