3M and Polaris Library Systems announced a partnership today that will build on their existing relationship in order to bring more checkout features to library patrons. This new venture will make it even easier for patrons to browse the ebook offerings in their local public libraries, as well as allow them to continue to search for the physical print book at the same time.
3M’s Cloud Library eBook Lending Service and the Polaris Integrated Library Service allow member libraries to purchase digital titles for patron use, so this partnership will only serve to strengthen the program offerings for ebook readers. The new program will streamline the checkout and browsing process for patrons and help libraries find content their users are interested in with more fluency by incorporating automatic handling, SelfCheck, and RFID systems.
“This partnership represents two highly innovative companies working together to provide solutions that benefit our library customers,” said Arnie Roese, National Sales and Marketing Manager for 3M Library Systems, in the release. “With easier access to a full suite of solutions, libraries can experience the benefits of our world class service and innovation.”
“This relationship will allow our customers to get more from their investment in AMH and RFID technologies,” said Steven Nielsen, Vice President of Product Management for Polaris. “Now we can offer our library customers an even broader range of integrated services to help them increase efficiency and improve the patron experience, while still continuing to support industry standard RFID, AMH and SelfCheck solutions. We look forward to building stronger capabilities for all the libraries using AMH, RFID and Polaris.”