returnIT - Library returns and sorting

Fully automated book return and sorting machine

The functionality to return items outside of standard library open hours is a modern service offering that is in the interest of both customers and libraries. returnIT™300 integrates with the library LMS and discharges the items from the users record. The items are collected in one or more of our media friendly book bins.

The returnIT™300 is a fully automated book return machine. It is designed to offer a superior service when returning library items, reduce queues and waiting times and to free up library staff from the behind the counter returns transactions. The system sorts items into different categories easily. Sorting can be configured to suit the libraries needs and budgets from single bin to 2, 3 and 5 bin sort-ing. The returnIT™300 has been developed with robust, trouble-free operation 24/7. More than one feed can be implemented to speed up the return process.

The returnIT™300 can easily be built into existing interior walls and enables the user to quickly return an item/ items. Whenever a user places an item in the slot, returnIT™300 automatically recognizes whether it belongs to your library, opens the hatch and checks-in the item. When it does not recognize the library item, the hatch remains closed.

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  • Shorter waiting times at the check-in desk
  • Internal and External units available
  • Steel Chassis
  • Large sprung loaded return bins
  • 17” Touch Screen for easy clear instructions
  • Remote access


  • Lower burden on staff
  • Available 24/7
  • Reduces risk of RSI for staff
  • Fast returns / Stock availability
  • Reduced user queues
  • Item opening 400mm x 80mm
  • SIP2 Complaint
  • RFID—13.56MHz
  • ISO15693 / ISO 18000-5
Height: 3 Way sorter: 58.54” (1487mm) 5 Way sorter: 58.54” (1487mm)
Width: 3 Way sorter: 29.37” (746mm)   5 Way sorter: 39.37” (746mm)
Length: 3 Way sorter: 43.70” (1110mm) 5 Way sorter: 99.21” (2520mm)
Weight: 3 Way sorter: 156 lbs. (71kg)    5 Way sorter: 299 lbs. (136kg)
Bins: Small: 700 x 600 x 860mm / 27,55 x 23,62 x 33,85 Large: 900 x 600 x 860mm / 35,43 x 23,62 x 33,85
Power Supply: 120-240 VAC, 60 Hz / max 400 Watts
Entry point: 950mm / 37.40” from floor level
Entry opening 400mm x 80mm / 15.74 x 3.15
System Capacity: The item capacity is between 700 to 1000 items per hour, depending on ILS response times
Options: Receipt Printer
Tunnel Sensors
Trolley full sensors
External options
    • Larger configurations available.
    • Fully maintained by trained D-Tech
    • Remote access monitoring software
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