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Latest Self Service Library Technology Enables 24-Hour Access

Bloomfield, Conn. – The San Mateo, Calif. based Peninsula Library System, which serves all the
public and community college libraries in San Mateo County, is benefitting from mk Sorting Systems
in providing one of the most technologically advanced service solutions to busy on-the-go library
patrons, resulting in 24-hour access.
Equipment arrived in Millbrae last week and will be operational by the end of the year at the BART
transit station, located at 200 North Rollins Road. The mk LibDispenserTM lets library patrons enjoy
the convenience of reserving, borrowing, renewing and returning library materials any time. Two
browsing stations access a collection of up to 876 items with easy future expansion options. The
result is a fully-automated service - a stand alone branch - integrated into the member library’s
management software (ILS) via SIP2 communication.
Aided by California State Library LSTA grant funding, the mk LibDispenser™ provides additional
library access to over 746,000 residents of San Mateo County who use the mass transit system in
the area. San Mateo County’s BART station is a major end node located in between San Jose and
San Francisco and also one of the busiest transit centers in Northern California.
“Residents of San Mateo County have often requested - through surveys, focus groups, and staff
communications - more accessible services, longer access hours, and more convenient pick-up and
drop-off locations for library materials,” states Wayne Walker, Operations Manager for the CALIFA
Group. “The interest of BART in partnering with the members of the Peninsula Library System to
install a LibDispenserTM in its station is an opportunity to provide such service elements to transit
riders,” explained Walker.
“We developed the mk LibDispenserTM with the goal of bringing library services to patrons in unique
settings outside the traditional library environment,” says Markus Flory, President of mk Sorting“We are very excited that the BART station in Millbrae is an ideal location to benefit transit
riders with on-the-go library service.”
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About mk Sorting Systems
mk Sorting Systems, a subsidiary of mk Technology Group, develops and installs user-friendly self
service, sorting and RFID systems and book dispensing solutions for libraries. mk offers individual,
customized automation solutions designed to meet each library’s specific needs.
For sales and marketing information, contact Kristin Vogel, Sales and Business Development
Consultant at 1-860-760-0438 or by e-mail at [email protected]. Visit mk
Sorting Systems on the Web at www.mk-sorting-systems.com.
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