Using biometrics to create a secure & simple library management system

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A library management system combined with biometric authentication provides patrons and librarians with more than just secure authentication. The next step toward developing an automated library administration system is biometrics, particularly, modalities such as facial recognition in library management. The approach is appropriate for both academic and non-academic or public libraries.

People’s increased usage of smartphones and the internet has accelerated the adoption of library management software.

Why are biometrics being used in library management system?

Gradually, the traditional card systems are being replaced by biometrics. When using the card system, each user will be given a library card to use as identification while borrowing books from the library. This system, no doubt, was a promising approach in the past, but now, in the technological era, it is deemed time-consuming. The reason for this is, processing the cards takes time, and often, customers forget where they left their cards, making it difficult to locate them. If a user loses the card, replacing it becomes a lot more difficult, thereby consuming library resources.

Another issue is borrowing other person’s library card. Library cards can be passed around which makes it difficult to identify the actual user of the card. Biometrics, on the other hand, ensures that the actual person accesses the system and takes the required quantity of books.

How does biometrics help to simplify and secure the library management system?


With biometrics, the loss of the card ceases to be an issue. Also, card allocation and re-registration incur costs, whereas biometric authentication just incurs the initial cost. They are long-term cost-effective. In library administration, fingerprint authentication is the most popular and cost-effective approach.

Integrate with other systems

To provide an advantage, the library management system can be coupled with the campus attendance management system or other scholarship systems. Many campuses already have a biometric attendance system that can integrate with the library system without the need for a separate database.

Improve the statistics

The analysis in public libraries needs to be better. Exact statistics on library transactions that generate revenue are provided through biometric authentication. It can be used to increase operational effectiveness, and support the library’s objectives.


M2SYS technology could play a role in the implementation of a biometric library management system. M2SYS provides biometric solutions such as facial recognition, fingerprint authentication, and iris recognition that can be integrated into library management systems to simplify and secure the system. The use of biometrics in library management systems provides quick and accurate authentication, cost-effectiveness, integration with other systems, and improved statistics.

With its advanced biometric technology, M2SYS could support the implementation of a comprehensive library administration system that includes biometrics in no time.

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