Library to be closed for two weeks to get ready for new access arrangements

Published on: 04 Aug 2017

WINTERBOURNE library is due to be closed for a fortnight as part of preparations for the introduction of seven-day-a-week opening.
A system called Open Access will start in the library - and eight others in South Gloucestershire - in October to allow registered card holders into the premises even when they are unstaffed.
The extended hours offered will give people the chance to browse, borrow and renew books and other materials, or to use the space for studying.
But extra security and computer equipment has to be installed ahead of the system being launched and the two-week closure at Winterbourne will allow that work to be carried out.
South Gloucestershire Council said users would still be able to access all online services while the library was shut and no-one would be fined if their book should have been due back during the closure period.
Heather Goddard, the council’s cabinet member for communities 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. It is great to get extra use out of these important buildings when they would otherwise be closed.”
Winterbourne library will re-open on Friday, August 18, after closing on Thursday, August 3.

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