Milwaukee Public Libraries is now offering people the option of getting a fingerprint reader at their local library.
Milwaukee Public Library Director of Technology and Digital Services Dr. Andrew C. Smith told WTMJ that Milwaukee Public is the first public library in the nation to offer a fingerprint scanning option.
Smith said that Milwaukee public library users will be able to pick up a fingerprint sensor and swipe the sensor against their mobile devices at the library.
“This is a new option for the Milwaukee Public libraries that they’ve been working on for a couple of years,” Smith said.
“We want to be able for people to access our digital library for their digital literacy needs, and we wanted to give them a convenient way to do that.”
Milwaukee is the largest public library system in the country.
According to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, in 2016, the library system had more than 1,000 computers in use and had a library card reader and other devices for patrons to scan cards.
According to Smith, Milwaukee Public will begin offering the fingerprint scanner to patrons starting next month.
He said the fingerprint reader will be available for $19.99 per month and can be used at the public library, libraries and other locations.
Milwaukes public library has had fingerprint scanners for some time.
Last year, the Milwaukee County Public Library system began offering a fingerprint detector for patrons at the Public Library.
Milwaukee Public officials said the scanner will be installed in all libraries throughout the county by the end of the year.
The Milwaukee Public library is part of the Milwaukee-Waukesha Public Library System, which also includes the Milwaukee Park and Recreation Center, the Metropolitan Milwaukee Health District, and the Metropolitan Transit Authority.