Marking e-readers as library property

Reposted from the All Regions list.

Most libraries mark every piece of the e-reader (machine, cord,
charger, instruction booklet, carrying case) with the barcode number.

Some give each component its own barcode number.

Labeling methods include:
fabric marker
contrasting color Sharpie
electric etcher
soldering iron
barcode stickers with clear label protectors

Most libraries put all of the pieces in a box or carrying bag, which
bears the name of the library (and, in some cases, another barcode).
Some simply use the same kind of bags in which we typically see
children’s book & audio sets.

Most libraries registered their e-readers to the library so that it is
obvious who owns them.

Most libraries have the brorowers sign an agreement each time the
e-reader is borrowed.

One library photcopies the borrower’s driver’s license.

One library does not mark the exterior at all, as the readers will
eventually be used a raffle prizes.

No one reports any trouble getting patrons to take care of the readers
or bring them back.  🙂

Thanks again,

Robin Shtulman
Athol Public Library


New Kobo Touch

They also have social features where you can “Share favorite books & passages with friends on Facebook ” and “Get interesting stats on your reading habits “. It also supports PDF so pictures are available. I’d be interested to know if the pictures are resizable. We were reading Judy Moody last night on my Nook (b/w) and I had to take off my glasses to read some of the text with the pictures.

More info at Borders.

Marking e-readers as library property

We have 3 nooks – 1 in-house and 2 circulating.

The barcode and spine label is placed on the inside of the case and taped
and the number is written on the rest of the pieces (the back of the nook,
the adapter, the charger, and the instruction booklet)

We put in the staff note that patrons over the age of 18 can borrow this
item for 2 weeks and then there is a circ note that says borrowing
agreement needs to be signed and driver’s License photocopied for checkout.

When a patron checks the item out we take a copy of their license and we
have them sign an agreement which clearly states the cost for total
replacement of the item and the amount if a single piece is missing or

You can also program the nook with your name – so ours is name Middleboro
Public Library c.1 and it can open to our home page.

Posted on behalf of Middleboro Public Library