As part of a $2 million project that started in May 2009, the Florida State University’s main campus library has installed entry and exit turnstiles to monitor student traffic, says fsunews.com.
At the campus’ Strozier library, students are now required to swipe in and swipe out, so that staff can know who is in the library at any given moment. Aside from security, this also allows a certain amount of research on how the library is used – who uses the library the most and when is it being used most.
Previously, students simply flashed their FSU campus card to gain entrance into the library. But with the new system, student can swipe an ID card for access. If students do not have their FSU card to swipe, then they can sign into the campus’ Blackboard portal to prove enrollment. The library is also open to the public, who need to show a valid photo ID for access and then are swiped in by library personnel.
Also added were self-checkout kiosks, so students get in and get out quicker.
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