Libraries prepare for swipe cards

Published on: 28 Jul 2017

LIBRARIES in the Downend area are having short closures over the summer so that swipe card technology can be installed.

Emersons Green Library shut on July 28 and will reopen on Friday August 11. Staple Hill Library will be closed from Tuesday August 15, reopening on Wednesday August 30. Downend Library’s closure starts on Friday August 25 and it reopens on Saturday September 9.

The work will enable libraries to be open seven days a week from October, although staffed hours will be reduced.

Registered Open Access users will be able to use their upgraded library cards to get into unstaffed libraries during extended hours to browse, borrow and renew books and other resources, or to use the space for study, for example.

Users will still be able to access all online services and no one will be fined if their book would have been due back during a closure.

Cabinet Councillor Heather Goddard said: “We are very pleased to be able to bring the benefits of extra opening during unstaffed hours in our libraries. We anticipate many people will be able to use the library where they couldn’t in the past because of work or other commitments and it is great to get extra use out of these important buildings when they would otherwise be closed.

“There will be a little disruption during the work to install the new equipment, but we have designed the programme to ensure that if your library is closed for a few days, you will be able to access another library relatively close by."

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