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Binfield library first to pilot new technology

Binfiled library building

Binfield library will be the first in the borough to pilot new self service technology from Monday 2 July, providing users with a more convenient way to access library services.

The recently completed installation includes secure self-service kiosks for quicker access to library accounts; self issuing or discharging of books; booking computer access and photocopying or settling fines.

The new technology will allow library staff more time to carry out their other specialist duties and will create more space on the library floor with the removal of large counters.

Cllr Iain McCracken, executive member for culture, resources and public protection said:

“Binfield library is the first of the borough’s 9 libraries to have this new technology installed.

“The introduction of this technology follows an extensive public review of library services in 2016 and the value our residents placed on their libraries in creating a sense of community and combating social isolation in the elderly.

“The conclusion was that a transformational change was needed to offer residents better access in a way that was more convenient to them, but that was also going to help the council make the significant savings required to the cost of running the service.

“We hope users of Binfield library will find the new self service kiosk quick and easy to use but library staff will still be on hand to assist customers, should they need it.

“We look forward to rolling out the new technology across the remaining 8 libraries during the summer and autumn months.”

Sandhurst will be the next library to have new technology installed later this summer.