More changes in libraries ahead of new Open Access system

August 31 2017

NEW software is being installed in South Gloucestershire libraries to improve the way books and other materials are managed.

NEW software is being installed in South Gloucestershire libraries to improve the way books and other materials are managed.

The work will lead to a better selection of items being available to borrowers, tatty books being withdrawn more regularly, staff having more time to help users and a cash saving for South Gloucestershire Council, making more money available for new materials.

 All the changes are behind the scenes so library users won’t notice anything different in the way they borrow or reserve books.

But the council said by analysing data collected when books are borrowed, it will be easier to establish how often they are taken out and other information that will tell library staff where particular books will be most in demand.

South Gloucestershire has one of the highest uses of library stock in England, with Yate library the busiest in the council’s district.

Heather Goddard, the council’s Cabinet member for communities, said: “Libraries in South Gloucestershire are already very well used and we are pleased to be able to invest to make our borrowers’ experience even better.”

The new software is among a number of changes currently taking place in the area’s library service as it approaches the launch of the Open Access system in October.

That will allow registered users over 16, who will receive an induction at their local branch, to gain access to library services over extended hours, seven days a week.

A number of library closures are taking place so new security and computer equipment can be installed for Open Access, with Yate library currently shut until Tuesday, September 5.

Meanwhile, as previously reported, Chipping Sodbury library will be run by volunteers from October 7 after a successful campaign to save it from closure.

They will work in shifts of about four hours, with the premises set to be open from 9.30am-4.30pm on Tuesdays, from 9.30am-6.30pm on Wednesdays and for three hours on Friday and Saturday mornings.

Anyone interested in being involved should contact the library or Sodbury Town Council for further details.