Visitors of the Palatine Public Library District are discovering a new time-saving option for checking out library materials. Introduced in December 2012, and recently expanded, Express Checkout is fast becoming a popular, time-saving, and convenient option for patrons on the go.
There are two Express Checkout stations on the first floor of the Main Library (near the central staircase), another station on the second floor near the Reference Desk, and one in the Children's Department. Staff is finding that children are especially enjoying the fun of checking out their own books and learning something new.
To use Express Checkout, users scan their Library card, enter their account PIN and follow the easy touch-screen prompts to check out books, audiobooks, and magazines. CDs and DVDs in security cases will still need to be checked out in the AV Department. Library staff is available to introduce the service and answer questions.
"Express Checkout conveniently provides our patrons with the option of a quick transaction, shorter lines, and more independence in managing their accounts," states Circulation Manager Jose Maldonado.
Patrons can review their account details, renew items, and confirm or cancel holds. After checking out materials the system will give users a choice to receive a printed receipt or have one sent to their email. Patrons will soon be able to use the Express Checkout stations to pay overdue charges with a credit or debit card, too.
This service provides another way for Palatine Public Library District visitors to choose which option works best for their individual needs.