An organization that delivers 2.7 million books annually to public libraries in the Netherlands has adopted an RFID tag system. NBD|Biblion places 13.56 MHz item-level tags in all the books it supplies at no extra cost for the libraries. So far, UPM Rafsec has delivered over 1 million of the RFID tags. NBD|Biblion aims to stimulate the use of RFID tagging in libraries, where the technology allows fully automated check in/out and inventory management. The chip within the tag stores a specific ID code to allow the identification and tracking of individual books. The tag can be read at a distance with a fixed or portable RFID reader without the need for line of sight.
NBD|Biblion has installed two automated applicators that print, encode and apply RFID labels to new books. As an added service, the company also offers the possibility of tagging existing collections of unlabeled books in order to migrate their entire collections to RFID-based library management systems.