Winscombe library users to benefit from self-service


Opening hours at Winscombe Library are set to increase dramatically following the introduction of a new self-service system.

The swipe card access system, branded ‘Extended Access’, will complement the existing staffed hours at the library enabling it to stay open longer in the evenings and at weekends.

When the new system goes live in January the library’s opening hours will increase from the existing 16.5 hours a week.

Library members who sign up to the scheme will be able to use the library seven days a week. The new opening hours will be confirmed in the new year.

To enable the new technology to be installed, the library in Woodborough Road will be closed on Tuesday 5 and Thursday 7 December and again on Tuesday 19 December.

The self-service system is currently being installed in Portishead Library where it will go live in December. It will be introduced at the libraries in Yatton and Worle early in the new year significantly increasing opening hours at both these sites.

The system is already successfully and safely used in more than 480 libraries across the country, including ones in neighbouring Bristol and South Gloucestershire.

The ‘Extended Access’ programme is one of the outcomes of North Somerset Council’s Community Access Review, a major review of the buildings and services run by the council in the community with particular focus on its libraries and children’s centres.