Bibliobox

...returning books is so easy

Czech Agricultural University – Study and Information Centre in Prague

The Czech Agricultural University – Study and Information Centre in Prague purchased Bibliobox half way through 2010.

We situated it on the main floor of the building so that it was accessible to all visitors. Our goal was to allow full-time and external students to also return borrowed publications outside of the opening hours.

After operations of about 20 months we can conclude that Bibliobox has proved itself, and that our experience with its installation and functioning has been most positive. It allows books to be returned anytime the building is open.

At the beginning the readers returned their publications in fear whether they would be deleted from their reader accounts, but after some time they accustomed themselves, and the number of returns has increased steadily.

We appreciate its self-maintenance, its security against theft of the returned materials, its moveable, insulated interior which prevents books from damage, and the simple handling of the installed carriage. This is easily movable for returning books to their determined place in the stores.

A specific recommendation for the purchase of Bibliobox could be the conclusion that about 18% of all check-in books were returned through it in 2011.

The purchase of Bibliobox definitely improved the level of service for the readers, including the opportunity to return books anytime in the stated loan period, and so avoid an overdue fine. This means that the number of reminders sent out by the librarians has been reduced.

PhDr. Helena Čedíková
Czech Agricultural University
Study and Information Centre in Prague