San Francisco Wants to RFID Library Books

By Deane Barker on October 5, 2003

SF library wants to track books with computer chips: RFIDs are slowly creeping into society. Complain all you want about privacy, but these things are coming.

“Library officials approved a plan Thursday to install tiny radio frequency identification chips, known as RFIDs, into the roughly 2 million books, CDs and audiovisual materials patrons can borrow. The system still needs funding and wouldn’t be ready until at least 2005.

The microchips send out electromagnetic wave to a device that converts them to digital data containing a host of information. In libraries, the system is primarily designed to locate books in branches and speed up the checkout process.”