Self-service trial to begin at library in St Ives

A new self-service trial is taking place at St Ives Library.

A new self-service trial is taking place at St Ives Library. - Credit: Archant

A new self-service system at St Ives Library will begin a trial period on August 18.

The new system, known as Open+, will allow library uses to access resources, including book borrowing, WiFi, and pre-book meeting rooms, outside of staffed hours.

Cambridgeshire County Council is holding an induction session on Thursday from 1.30-4.30pm at the library to help users familiarise themselves with the new system.

Cllr Mac McGuire, the county council’s chairman of highways and community infrastructure committee said: “Library staff will be on hand to answer your questions about Open+ at two special induction sessions.

“When the self-service system goes live, we will be asking for your feedback as part of the trial. Your feedback will help us decide what role Open+ will play in the library service in future.”


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The Open+ trial will allow for the reinstatement of Sunday opening hours (noon to 4pm) that were temporarily lost following a public consultation and for additional hours on a Thursday afternoon (1.30-6pm).

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