Leicestershire to roll-out Smart Libraries network

Leicestershire County Council has confirmed that up to 14 libraries in the region will be converted to ‘Smart Libraries’ to extend the opening hours, following a successful trial at Syston Library.

Smart Libraries enable members of the library service to enter the library and use the facilities, using their access card to enter the building, at times when there are no staff on site. This can be in order to borrow, return and renew items or use the public computers, Wi-Fi and printing and copying facilities. Additionally, anyone wishing to set up a community group can use the library as a meeting space within smart library hours.

Richard blunt, cabinet member for libraries, said: “Having self-access technology in libraries across Leicestershire gives residents more choice of when they are able to visit the libraries catering for a much wider audience. The trial at Syston meant that the library was open for an extra 30 hours per week making the library much more accessible. We’ll be talking to local library users so that they can have their say on when self-access works best for them.”

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