Beep will alert whenever a book is taken out at MKU library

The Madurai Kamaraj University library, which has a collection of three lakh printed books, will soon have a Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) system. Once the RFID system is put in place, each time a book is taken out of the library without proper entry, a beep would alert the librarian.

Varsity sources told The Hindu on Friday that a couple of proposals have been prepared to make the university’s Dr. T. P. M. Library a digital library and these proposals will be submitted to Vice-Chancellor Kalyani Mathivanan shortly.

“RFID will prevent incidents of stealing/theft of books from the library. Even if a person takes a book by mistake, it would alert us,” said B. Suresh, university librarian.

The library will soon get a collection of 3,016 e-books on various subjects.

He said the electronic version of textbooks will provide easy access to students and research scholars.

The university already has in its collection 8,700 e-journals procured through Infonet Consortium.

“The e-books will be useful for students of all colleges. They can download and copy in a pen drive or we will provide them with CDs,” Mr. Suresh said.

The e-books can also be accessed by university departments.

A proposal to develop a herbal garden on the library premises is also on the anvil, sources said.