Brunswick library unveils self-checkout

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BRUNSWICK — Curtis Memorial Library now has an automatic checkout system.

The book-lending system, called Self-Check Selma, will allow patrons to check out books on their own, rather than waiting for a librarian to assist them.

According to a press release from the library, Selma will not replace circulation staff at the library. The release said the library experienced a 10 percent increase in lending volume in fiscal 2009, an increase that “pushed staff and systems to their limits.”

In June the library successfully lobbied to avoid a cut in its town subsidy, arguing that decreased funding could lead to fewer library operating days and elimination of the inter-library loan program.

The cost of the new checkout system was not disclosed. But the library said it was funded by the Curtis Friends, a group of more than 600 members that raises money for the library through membership dues, donations and proceeds from an annual book sale.