RFID Conversion Project

**Library Building Temporary Closure to install new equipment**

On Monday, August 8, and Tuesday, August 9, 2022, the library building will be closed from 10:00 AM until 5:00 PM each day to allow for the installation of new RFID equipment.  The closure is necessary because the main library entrance (where the "gates" are located) will be undergoing construction and it will not be easy or safe for the public to pass in and out of the library.

The library building will be open each of these two days from 5:00 PM until 9:00 PM.  During the hours the building is closed, we will be offering curbside pickup service.  To request items from the library for curbside pickup:

  1. Place holds for the items you want using our online catalog or our Pella Public Library app, available in the Google Play or Apple App store.  You may also call 641-628-4268 to request items.  
  2. Allow 2 hours for the request to be filled.
  3. Drive to the library with your library card.  
  4. When you are in the parking lot, call 641-628-4268 and let us know you are here.  
  5. Library staff will come out and collect your library card, then return with your checked-out items.

We appreciate your patience as we take this final step in the RFID conversion process!  We look forward to seeing you soon!

-------------------------RFID Conversion Stations

We're Converting to RFID!

Pella Public Library is excited to announce that we will be converting our library collection to RFID!  RFID is short for Radio Frequency Identification, and it's a new type of identification tag for our library items that replaces the older barcode-scanning system that has been in use for 20 years.

There are many benefits to RFID over barcodes, but some of the main ones:

  1. More accurate - the system doesn't require multiple passes to align a barcode "just right" with the scanner.  With the RFID reader it's one and done.
  2. Quicker - a stack of library items can be set down on the new RFID reader and they all will check out at the same time.
  3. Fewer false alarms - security is built-in to the RFID tags; it is not a separate process.  The un-securing process so items may pass through the security gates is much more accurate.  Additionally, if an item in your stack should pass through the gates without being checked out - the system will tell us which item it is in the stack.  This saves time.
  4. Easier inventory - RFID allows us to do a quicker and more thorough inventory process, which makes sure our catalog is up-to-date and minimizes missing and unavailable items.

Volunteer With Us!

We need your help! Pella Public Library contains nearly 80,000 items, and every single one of them is going to need a new RFID tag.  We are calling for volunteers to help us with this process.  Work an hour or work several hours - the choice is up to you.  Even if you've never volunteered before, we ask that you consider doing so to help us move this process along. We will provide you with an identification tag and a one-time training.  In less than 15 minutes you can be ready to use the super-simple conversion station, shown above, to tag our items with RFID!  The process works like this:

  1. Retrieve a cart of books or other items from the shelf. We will let you know where you need to start.
  2. Roll the cart to the conversion station.  
  3. Take one item from the cart.
  4. Peel a blank RFID tag from the rolls shown in the center of the picture above, and stick it to the item in the location indicated by the program on the computer.
  5. Scan the barcode of the item with the barcode scanner.  
  6. Place the item on the RFID pad.  The RFID tag is written automatically, and success is verified with a green light.
  7. Repeat from step 3.  When all items on the cart are tagged, return it to the shelf and pull another group of items.

That's it!  It's that simple!  If you'd like to volunteer with us, please book the times and days that you want to volunteer at this site:

Please note that there are two conversion stations, A and B.  Two different volunteers can work side-by-side during the same block.

Also note that while the system says the capacity is one person for each station, we would be happy to have you bring a partner or two and work as a group at a station.  Any children assisting with the work must be at least 14 years of age to comply with state labor regulations.  Please do not bring younger children. While this equipment is durable, it is not invincible.

To set up a "recurring reservation" (you come in to volunteer at the same times and days every week for several weeks), please call the library at 641-628-4268.  We will be happy to assist.