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2.1. Selecting and Ordering Barcodes

SPARK prefers 14 Digit numeric barcodes.

Libraries migrating to SPARK: Check with PaILS staff to see if your barcode range duplicates any already in SPARK.  We need to know your current barcode format, especially if you are using short barcodes from your previous ILS.

Existing SPARK libraries: When ordering new barcodes, continue to use your current prefixes. If you have any questions or concerns or want/need to use a new prefix, contact SPARK support before making decisions or ordering.

More about barcodes:

Specifications for sample barcode 2033900000001#

When Printing Plastic Cards:


More about barcodes in PaILS/SPARK: 

We have items barcode ranges that begin with 0 (EMPLS), 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, and 9. Some are alpha numeric.

Libraries that used Follett Classic barcodes came in with T and P prefixed barcodes, T for Titles and P patrons

See below to download a file where you can check for barcode ranges currently in use in our consortium.

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