Inverell Shire Public Library manager Sonia Lange said she was pleased the library's antiquated photo copying system, with its coin box on the side, was replaced with two new pieces of software allowing library members to put credit on their library cards to pay for any photocopying they might wish to do.
Mrs Lange said the library's computer booking system, and photocopying system was using out of date technology that was getting just too hard to replace.
"Our photocopier had a coin-box connected to it. So, if you wanted to do some photocopying or some printing, you had to feed exactly the right amount of coin into the machine to make that happen," she said.
"Our new computer booking system allows our members to walk straight up to the computer they want to use and book themselves on. They no longer need to stop-off first.
"Then, when they do their printing, they just put some credit onto their library card by paying some money at the counter. We put that on their library card and they walk over to the photocopier, key in their details and release their print jobs with their credit."
Mrs Lange said the new system was much faster and more convenient for regular users of the library's system.
"Once members have credit on their cards, they can use it at any time do do photocopying without coming to the counter to see library staff," she said.
Similar systems have been available for years in some larger institutions such as university libraries.
"For us, it was never previously worth putting it in because a lot of those systems had quite expensive components used to load your money onto your cards, and that was never worth it for us," Mrs Lange said.
"The system we have now means we load the money onto the cards at the counter, so there is still some staff intervention required, but it's much more efficient than the coin box."