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I want to use/create barcodes for my tapes, what type of barcode do I use?

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Posted: 19 Jul, 2007
The majority of automated tape devices use the standard barcode type called "Code 3 of 9" (sometimes referred to as "Code 39").  BRU software does not require a specific type, since the barcode reader inside the library is what actually reads the barcode and reports it to BRU, the barcode reader inside the library must be able to read the barcode.

The following library manufacturers support the "Code 3 of 9" barcode type:
  • HP
  • IBM
  • Quantum
  • Tandberg
  • Sony
You can order barcodes from the library manufacturer, from a 3rd party, or you can even create your own.  TOLIS Group does not sell or offer barcodes.  To create your own, simply use the font called "Code 3 of 9" and print them onto your favorite brand of labels that fit your particular media.

You can use this online tool to create your own barcodes for LTO tapes and it's very inexpensive compared to commercially printed labels!  All you need are the labels to print them onto! Please note that this utility provided by mytapelabels.com and TOLIS Group assumes no responsibility for unusable labels.

NOTE: When printing your own barcodes, do not scale them in any way.  Scaling the page or the barcode to fit on the label/page will render the barcodes useless to all tape devices.

To confirm that your library uses the "Code 3 of 9" standard, please contact your library manufacturer.

Note: Standalone tape drives do not have a barcode reader and therefore BRU Server will label those tapes starting at 100000 and continue to go up from there (100001, 100002, etc), even if the tape has a barcode.
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