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Bishop's Cleeve 'flagship' library plans


Gloucestershire County Council wants your feedback on plans to upgrade Bishops Cleeve Library into a flagship library by trialling state of the art digital technology to extend library opening hours.

The state of the art technology, called open+, allows registered customers to use the library on a self-serve basis outside of staffed hours. This will mean that library opening hours will be extended, with no reduction in staffed hours, offering greater flexibility to customers.

The plans also include Bishops Cleeve library becoming a public service customer contact point. New and improved technology will make partner organisation services available so customers can access many of the public services they need in one place.

You can find out more and tell the council what you think about the plans by answering the online survey by July 15th 2016. Paper copies of the survey are available from Bishops Cleeve library.

The council will also be running drop-in sessions for people to get more information and see artist impressions of what the new library could look like. Come along to:

  • 6th June 1pm-5pm at Bishops Cleeve library
  • 20th June 10am-1pm at Tewkesbury Borough Council Offices
  • 20th June 2pm-5pm at Places for people, new Tewkesbury Leisure centre
  • 6th July 1pm-5pm at Bishops Cleeve library

The new technology is likely to be launched in November 2016 and trialled for a six month period.

Customers have to register to use open+ services. This means that everyone using the library out of hours will be a member. There will also be CCTV fitted and an emergency contact if there are issues.

Open+ technology is successfully used in many other libraries across the country, including Peterborough and Devon, as well as in many Scandinavian countries.

Bishops Cleeve library is the fourth busiest library in the county and accounts for 5.6% of all visits to libraries. This is partly because of its convenient location near a range of local amenities. This is why Bishops Cleeve is a great location to trial these changes.

Andrew Gravells, cabinet member for communities and public health, said: "I'm really excited by these plans and what they mean for Bishops Cleeve. I've seen this idea working very well in Devon, and I'm looking forward to the local feedback from Bishops Cleeve.

"The plans also show how we're working together even more closely with other public organisations to improve services for local people."

Robert Bird, local county councillor for Bishops Cleeve, said: "We're looking to make the best use of this great local facility. I hope local people use this opportunity to give us their views."

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