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.