You may want to take a look at:

There are several free and low cost solutions but I don't know if there is one 
that will be a viable solution for you.  Sounds like you need a self checkout 
system like the 3m unit that connects to III although that particular system 
would be priced way outside your budget.  But the idea is a patron scans there 
card, mag stripe or bar code and then scans bar code from book/books.  Still 
it would be the honor system.

You may want to check other links from the Google I used:

Linux personal library software with bar code


On Friday 23 September 2011 18:27:33 you wrote:
> Apologies if this is the wrong forum, but if anyone can point me in the
> right direction...
> We have an unstaffed library and can't leave a computer in it. Is there a
> way to automate
> 1) with no computer - do circulation and catalog in the cloud. Volunteers
> bring in laptops to do circulation and clients access catalog with iphones
> 2) that doesn't cost a fortune
> Thanks so much
> Rowan

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