Maitland Library will be revolutionised with the installation of a radio frequency identification
The system will provide better security and tracking of resources throughout the library, make borrowing easier and reduce theft.
The technology is possible because of a $196,000 state government grant through the 2011-2012 Country Libraries Fund Grants Program.
“This technological advance will transform the current library environment by providing better choice for library users and allowing more efficient use of library staff,” Maitland MP Robyn Parker said.
Maitland City Council will be responsible for managing the project.
Arts Minister George Souris said public libraries needed enhanced library services and facilities to keep up with their city counterparts.
“Public libraries connect communities to the world through up-to-date collections and public access to broadband internet services,” he said.
“It is essential that regional residents enjoy the same services, access to information and level of connectivity offered by public libraries in metropolitan areas.”
Grants of between $11,000 and $200,000 have been allocated to 23 public library projects across regional NSW under the program.
The Library Council of NSW, assisted by the State Library, assessed the application for grants under the 2012 initiative.
The state government has spent a record $26 million on NSW libraries during 2011 and 2012.