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Library opening hours set to change

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Opening hours at Leicestershire’s libraries will change from Monday, 1st April following the installation of 'Smart Library' technology.

Following a successful trial at Syston, a total of 14 libraries across the county will become 'Smart Libraries' with longer opening hours providing a greater choice if a visit is being planned.

The new arrangement means that library members who have registered for self-access will be able to scan their library card to visit the location during the times when staff will not be present on site.

For those people wishing to use the service, they will need to contact their nearest 'Smart Library'  to register for self-access and arrange an induction.

Services which will be available include borrowing, returning and renewing books, using public computers and wifi as well as printing and copying facilities. Groups who have signed up are also able to use the space during self-access hours.

The technology has been trialled at Syston since 2017 which has meant that the library has been open for an extra 30 hours per week to make it more accessible.

One Syston member said: "I’ve been using the 'Smart Library' for two years and I think it's a fantastic idea. I don’t have access to the internet at home so being able to come in on a day when the library was previously closed has made a big difference to me .”

 

Self-access technology means that our libraries will be open for longer, making them more accessible for even more residents, who may not have been able to visit during previous opening hours. I would encourage people to register for a Smart Library induction and see how they can make the most of their local library and its services
 

 

For details of changes to opening hours, residents should check their local library’s webpage: www.leicestershire.gov.uk/find-a-library

To ensure that the wider library service is accessible for those not registered for self-access during Smart hours, staffed hours at neighbouring libraries have been designed to complement one another.

A range of eBooks, eAudiobooks and eMagazines are also available via Leicestershire Libraries’ free digital library.

More information about smart libraries can be found on the Leicestershire Libraries website: www.leicestershire.gov.uk/smart-libraries

For details of changes to opening hours, residents should check their local library’s webpage.

To ensure that the library service is accessible for those not registered for self-access during Smart hours, staffed hours at neighbouring libraries have been designed to complement one another. eBooks, eAudiobooks and eMagazines are also available via Leicestershire Libraries’ free digital library.

 

 

More information about smart libraries can be found on the Leicestershire Libraries website.

 

 
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