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Binfield library extends opening hours with Open+

Binfield Library

Binfield library is the first in the borough to extend its opening hours, thanks to new technology called Open+.

The new opening hours will see library services at Binfield available from 8am to 8pm, Monday to Friday, 8am to 6pm on Saturdays and 10am to 6pm on Sundays.

Only customers with an e+ card can register to use the service, which will require them to sign a behavioural agreement and set up a personal identification number (PIN) before first use. Open+ will allow customers to gain entry to Binfield library during unstaffed hours, once their account has been activated.

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

“Open+ works in a very similar way to 24 hour gyms and will allow registered users of Binfield library to carry out every day activities in the library, but outside of current working hours.

“Customers will be able to borrow or return books, renew items, study, use the computers and wifi, 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 is an emergency phone available in case of need. We hope Open+ will be well received and make visits to the library much more convenient and efficient for its users.”

Following the installation of self service kiosks in all 9 of the borough’s libraries last year, Open+ is now the next phase of developing the library’s technology to make it more accessible to residents at a time that’s more convenient to them.

A pre-registration period successfully ran at the end of August 2018 to encourage users to sign up to Open+ in Binfield. Further libraries will see the same technology introduced in the coming months.

For more information on how Open+ works, please visit our explanation page or visit your local library to register your interest.