Questions arising from the 2014 survey – 1. RFID Use in UK Public LIbraries?

Last week’s publication of survey results provoked a couple of people to ask me how many UK public libraries are now using self-service kiosks in their libraries.

It’s a difficult question to answer for several reasons. Suppliers don’t publish lists of their clients, not every library responds to the survey, some libraries may still be using other technologies to support self-service (something that began long before RFID appeared),not everyone using RFID is in fact using it to provide self-service and even those that are have not deployed it across the whole authority.

That said however I have been collecting data about RFID use in UK libraries since 2009 so I think I have a pretty good idea of how widespread is its adoption and thought it might be helpful to publish the list of all the authorities that have replied to the survey over the past five years. It should not be viewed as a comprehensive listing since it is possible that some may subsequently have abandoned the technology  (although I have never heard of this happening). I will in time produce similar listings for non-UK, non-public libraries if there is any demand.

If your library authority is listed in error please let me know by email.

UK Public LIbraries using RFID as of June 2014

Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council
Bath & North East Somerset Council
Bedford Borough Libraries
Birmingham Library & Archive Services
Blaenau Gwent Libraries
Bolton Libraries
Borough of Poole
Bournemouth Borough Council
Bradford Council
Brighton & Hove City Council
Bristol Libraries
Buckinghamshire County Council
Caerphilly Library Service
Cambridgeshire Libraries
Cardiff County Council
Carmarthenshire County Council
Cheshire Shared Services
City of London Libraries
City of York Council (Libraries & Archives)
Cornwall Council
Coventry Libraries and Information Service
Devon Library Services
Doncaster Metropolitan Borough Council
Dorset Libraries
Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council
East Dunbartonshire Libraries
East Renfrewshire Council
East Riding of Yorkshire Council
East Sussex County Council
Edinburgh City Libraries
Essex County Council
Gateshead Council
Gloucestershire Libraries & Information
Guernsey – Guille Alles
Halton Libraries
Hampshire County Council
Hartlepool Borough Council
Hertfordshire Libraries
Isle of Wight Council
Kent County Council
Kirklees Metropolitan Council
Knowsley Library Service
Leeds City Council
Leicestershire Libraries
Libraries NI
Lincolnshire County Council
Liverpool City Council
London Borough of Barking and Dagenham
London Borough of Barnet
London Borough of Bexley
London Borough of Brent
London Borough of Bromley
London Borough of Camden
London Borough of Croydon
London Borough of Enfield
London Borough of Greenwich Library & Information Service
London Borough of Hackney Council
London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham
London Borough of Haringey
London Borough of Harrow
London Borough of Havering
London Borough of Hounslow
London Borough of Islington Library and Cultural Services
London Borough of Lambeth
London Borough of Lewisham
London Borough of Merton
London Borough of Newham
London Borough of Redbridge – Vision
London Borough of Richmond Thames
London Borough of Southwark
London Borough of Sutton
London Borough of Waltham Forest Libraries
London Borough of Wandsworth Council
Luton Libraries
Manchester City Council
Middlesbrough Libraries
Midlothian Council
Milton Keynes Borough Council
Monmouthshire County Council
Neath Port Talbot Libraries
Newcastle Libraries
Newcastle-Under-Lyme Borough Council
Norfolk LIbrary and Information Service
North East Lincolnshire Council
North Lanarkshire Council
North Lincolnshire Libraries
North Somerset Council
North Tyneside Council
North Yorkshire County Library
Northamptonshire County Council
Northumberland County Council
Nottingham City Council
Nottinghamshire Libraries
Oxfordshire County Libraries
Peterborough City Council
Plymouth City Council
Portsmouth City Council
Rochdale Borough Council
Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea
Royal Borough of Kingston
Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead
Rutland County Council
Salford City Council
Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council
Sefton MBC
Sheffield City Council
Slough Library Service
Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council
Somerset County Council Library Services
South Gloucestershire Council Library Service
South Lanarkshire Libraries
South Tyneside  Libraries
Southampton City Council
Southend Libraries
Staffordshire Libraries
Stirling Council Libraries
Stockport Libraries
Stockton on Tees Borough Council
Stoke-on-Trent Libraries
Swansea Library Service
Swindon Borough Council
Telford and Wrekin Council
Thurrock Libraries
Torbay Libraries
Trafford Council
Upper Norwood Joint Library
Vale of Glamorgan Libraries
Wakefield Libraries
Walsall Libraries
Warrington – LiveWire CIC
Warwickshire Library & Information Service
West Berkshire Council
West Lothian Council
West Sussex County Council
Westminster Libraries
Wigan Leisure & Culture Trust
Wiltshire Council
Wirral Libraries
Wolverhampton Public Libraries
Worcestershire County Council
Wrexham Libraries

Who supplies all these systems? Well according to the most recent data I have available (and of course some of this may now be out of date) the breakdown by supplier is:

Bibliotheca Group 112
3M 17
2CQR 4
DTech International 4
Unknown 3

It would be very useful to have more accurate and up to date information so if any suppliers feel moved to send me a current client list I will be very grateful to receive it. Thanks!


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