The replacement project of the new library system will be implemented in two phases. The first phase, which will focus on the migration of core library services and data such as borrowing and returning services, library catalogue and borrower registration, is expected to be launched at the end of December 2011. The new system will also pilot the latest Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technology in six public libraries, of which Sha Tin Public Library will introduce a 24-hour RFID book drop service.
The second phase of the project will continue to be implemented in 2012 and the whole project is scheduled for completion in 2013. This phase will mainly focus on the addition of new functions, e.g. workstation booking system, printing management system, virtual reference service, e-resources management system and customer relation management system, etc.