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Contactless book borrowing service launched in Sharjah

Staff Reporter/Sharjah
Filed on August 3, 2020
uae, sharjah, library, covid-19


The new system caters 'especially to the needs of members who are unable to visit during the opening hours'

A 'smart locker' service launched on Monday facilitates a round-the-clock borrowing of books via the Sharjah Public Library (SPL) website. The books ordered through the smart locker will be reserved for three days and can be collected any time during this period.

According to the SPL, the new system caters "especially to the needs of members who are unable to visit during the opening hours of the library".

It uses radio-frequency identification (RFID) technology that allows members to use their Emirates ID or SPL's membership cards to collect and return books. The service consists of 38 lockers equipped with a touch screen that is connected to the SPL's digital network and CCTVs.

Eman Bushulaibi, Director of SPL, said: "Our smart locker service will offer its users an advanced personalised service, allowing members to engage with the SPL's array of offerings in new and improved ways.

"Globally, cultural entities are devising inventive ways to keep the public engaged with the written word, especially during the ongoing pandemic. With the new service, our members can order and pick up books at their convenience in a contactless manner. This new feature furthers the library's efforts to implement precautionary measures that will keep all our valued customers safe."

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