Two more libraries to extend opening hours

Work to install a new self-service system and increase opening hours at two more North Somerset libraries will take place in January.

The swipe card access system, branded ‘Extended Access’, is being introduced at the joint library and children’s centres in Worle and Yatton.

When the new system goes live in February it will enable library members who sign up to the scheme to use the libraries earlier in the mornings, in the evenings and for additional hours at weekends on a self-service basis.

Opening hours at Worle will increase by 33 hours a week from 26 to 59 and will more than double at Yatton. The new opening hours will be confirmed shortly.

To enable the new technology to be installed, the library in Mendip Avenue, Worle will be closed from Monday 8 to Friday 12 January and again on Monday and Tuesday 22 and 23 January.

The library in High Street, Yatton will close from Monday 22 to Friday 26 January and again from Monday 5 to Wednesday 7 February.

There will also be some disruption to children’s centre services at both sites while the work takes place.

‘Extended Access’ is also being installed at the libraries in Portishead and Winscombe.

It 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.