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1956 - Gaylord automatic checkout

Gaylord automatic checkout machine"Automation" came to the Library with the implementation of the Gaylord Automatic Charging System. With this system, patrons were given library cards that included a raised metal plate with a number on it. The book card and the library card were placed in the charging machine where the patron's card number and the due date were stamped onto the book card. This significantly sped up the charge-out procedure.