Ok, well, we don't quite have robot helpers, yet. But we have next best thing at some of our branches: automated sorting! The Library circulates around 7 million items per year. When you place a hold to pick up at a conveniently located branch, we work to get it there as quickly and efficiently as possible. In addition to our friendly staff, we’re using technology to improve our work.
Johnson County Library’s Corinth branch, 8100 Mission Rd, Prairie Village, KS 66208, will be closed Feb. 6 through 11, 2019, for installation of new sorting equipment. The branch will reopen Tue. Feb. 12 at 9:00 a.m.
The image here illustrates the kind of sorter we’ll be installing. Corinth currently has the highest return rate of any branch in the Johnson County Library System that does not have one of these machines. This installation will get materials checked in and routed to you faster. The new sorter will automatically check-in a book or other item, via RFID tag. The item is then removed from the patron account and is quickly listed as available for hold or checkout in the library catalog.
A conveyor belt then drops the item into a bin designated for its next location: the shelf at the library, or a courier truck to get it to a patron waiting at another branch. You can watch automated sorting at work already at Central, Blue Valley, Leawood, and Monticello.
During the brief closure at Corinth, a temporary ‘Returns’ kiosk will be stationed at the parking lot-side doors of the library. Patrons will not be able to pick up holds from Corinth during this time. A ‘grace period’ will be observed for patrons with checkouts and hold pick-ups at Corinth. We don’t want patrons to incur fines, or lose their place in a holds wait list, because of our closure.
Those seeking a nearby library branch may want to try Antioch at 8700 Shawnee Mission Parkway, Merriam; Cedar Roe at 5120 Cedar St., Roeland Park; or Central Resource at 9875 W. 87th St., Overland Park. Patrons might also like to investigate the eLibrary resources at a time like this. If you think a favorite program might be canceled or moved, check our website for updates.