Bracknell Forest library users can now register to use facilities at Binfield Library out of staffed opening hours as part of the next exciting step in the transformation of the borough’s libraries.
All 9 libraries will see their opening hours extended this autumn thanks to the installation of new technology called Open +, which will allow customers to access library services at a time that’s more convenient to them.
Binfield Library is due to be the first to start using the Open+ technology in the next few weeks; the system will then be rolled out to other libraries in the borough during the coming months.
In preparation for extended opening hours at Binfield, customers with an E+ card can now register to use the service. Customers can do this by visiting Binfield Library in person, where they will also be asked to agree to a behavioural contract, given a personal identification number (PIN) and will be shown how the new out of hours system works.
Once Open+ goes live, registered users will be able to use services at Binfield Library from:
- 8am to 8pm, Monday to Friday
- 8am to 6pm on Saturdays
- 10am to 6pm on Sundays
Vincent Paliczka, director of environment, culture and communities, said:
“Although our libraries won't be open 24 hours, Open+ works in a very similar way to 24 hour gyms and will allow registered users to carry out every day activities in the library, but outside of our current working hours.
“Customers will be able to borrow or return books, renew items, study, use the computers and Wi-Fi, pay for printing or photocopying or simply have somewhere quiet to sit and read the newspaper. The library will be closely monitored by CCTV and there will be an emergency phone available in case of need. We hope Open+ will be well received and make visits to our libraries much more convenient and efficient for its users.”