GOSHEN -- Goshen Public Library is planning on some updates to its space in the coming months.
The library board of directors is assessing proposals for a radio frequency identification (RFID) system, which would make it possible for patrons to check out items on their own.
The system will include electronic tags on each book, DVD, CD or any other item and has an electronic monitor that keeps track of where items are.
The proposals range from $80,000 to $150,000, but also include a range of differences in their offerings.
"As library purchases go, it's pretty large for us," Director Andrew Waters told the board Friday, but the system may save money in the long run.
"It streamlines circulation so that particularly libraries with multiple circulation points can put those staff to work elsewhere," he said. "That certainly appeals to us with budget constraints."
In order to accommodate the RFID self-checkout space, Waters and the board are also reviewing floor plans that most likely will rearrange the main level floor space. Currently, people can check out items at three locations, two on the lower level and one on the main floor. After the changes, all circulation would be on the first floor. Waters said the changes will not include any major renovations.
"We're trying to use a lot of what we have," he said.
Waters predicted they would take a finalized floor plan to construction companies in January.
"We think we've got it just about where we want it," he said about the plan. "Our goal is to have everything up and operating next spring -- April, May."