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Bishops Cleeve Library, open+ even more facilities


Revamped Bishops Cleeve Library is open longer thanks to state of the art technology, open+ and Gloucestershire County Council is encouraging more customers to sign up and benefit from the extra hours.

The open+ system, which allows registered customers to use the library outside of staffed hours, went live in November as part of the library services pilot scheme and over 230 customers have joined up so far.

Open+ means that library opening hours have been extended by 26.5 hours a week, offering customers more choice about when they use the library.

Following the refurbishment, the library now has more digital technology, as well as new lighting, books and seating areas. The new technology means customers will be able to do more online county and borough council transactions, without having to log on to a public network computer.

The public are also able to access more partner services. Tewkesbury Borough Council have a representative at the library every Friday from 9.30am till 12.30pm, and residents are now able to Skype the revenues, benefits and housing team throughout the rest of the week and can also pop into the library to Skype the Citizens Advice Bureau.

The system is being trialled for six months, so the council can make any necessary adjustments and make sure it works for the local community.

Cllr Robert Bird, county councillor for Bishops Cleeve, said: “I am so pleased that our wonderful local library has been selected to pilot this new service. By offering even more hours, those who may previously have struggled to access our library will have the opportunity to take advantage of all the services it provides.”

Cllr Andrew Gravells, cabinet member for communities and public health, said “This is really exciting for Gloucestershire Libraries, and the wider community of Bishops Cleeve.”

“I’m signing up to open+ and can’t wait to try the library during these extended hours. Our fantastic libraries offer so many services that people can use and I know that extending opening times will let people use them for longer.”

Anyone wishing to sign up to use the library during open+ hours can do so by visiting Bishops Cleeve Library and arranging an induction with a member of staff.

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