Library to close for two weeks to get ready for new access arrangements

July 31 2017

YATE library will be closed for a fortnight from late August as part of preparations for the introduction of seven-day-a-week opening.

YATE library will be closed for a fortnight from late August as part of preparations for the introduction of seven-day-a-week opening.

A system called Open Access will start in the library - and eight others in South Gloucestershire - in October to allow registered card holders into the premises even when they are unstaffed.

The extended hours offered will give people the chance to browse, borrow and renew books and other materials, or to use the space for studying.

But extra security and computer equipment has to be installed ahead of the system being launched and the two-week closure at Yate will allow that work to be carried out.

South Gloucestershire Council said users would still be able to access all online services while the library was shut and no-one would be fined if their book should have been due back during the closure period.

Heather Goddard, the council’s cabinet member for communities said: “We are very pleased to be able to bring the benefits of extra opening during unstaffed hours in our libraries.

“We anticipate many people will be able to use the library where they couldn’t in the past because of work or other commitments. It is great to get extra use out of these important buildings when they would otherwise be closed.”

Yate library will close on Monday, August 21, and re-open on Tuesday, September 5. 

Meanwhile, the Friends of Chipping Sodbury Library are looking to recruit about 40 volunteers to help run the facility when it is handed over to the community.

The library had been earmarked for closure due to plans to save money within the library service.

A campaign led to a decision to keep it open if run by local people and it is due to be handed over to the community at the end of September, although South Gloucestershire Council is helping with some of the costs involved, including building maintenance.

Volunteers will take over in early October, working in shifts of around four hours, with the library expected to be open for 14-16 hours each week.

Anyone interested in being involved should contact the library for further details.