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Four further libraries in Stockport are to have Open+ technology installed, allowing users to access services outside staffed hours.
Once library members have registered with Open+, they can browse, borrow and renew books, and use the PCs during extended opening hours while the libraries are not staffed. The facilities are currently available at nine other locations in Stockport.
Great Moor, Edgeley, Reddish and Brinnington libraries will see the Open+ technology installed over the coming months, meaning the majority of Stockport libraries will now have extended opening hours.
To pave the way for the new facilities, each of the four libraries will need to temporarily close for a couple of weeks while the upgrade is installed. The closures have been staggered to minimise disruption to services for residents. Residents are encouraged to visit any other Stockport library during the closure period.
Cllrs David Sedgwick, Cabinet Member for Citizen Focus and Engagement at Stockport Council, commented:
“It’s fantastic to have Open+ facilities installed in more libraries in the borough, as it will allow residents to access the library services they love for longer. This means people can pop in to borrow books or use the PCs after work, making the library more accessible for everyone.
“We apologise for the inconvenience caused by the closures, but stress that this is a temporary measure and each library will reopen on the dates above. I’d like to thank all residents for their patience and understanding. Please feel free to use any other Stockport library, as these remain open (excluding One Stockport Hub which is temporarily a vaccine only centre in line with the government’s increased efforts to get everyone boosted).”
Any library member can visit an Open+ library after registering: pop in to your local library to find out how. Visitors will find the facilities brightly lit and welcoming, with the added reassurance of CCTV monitoring the building at all times. There will still be staff available to assist you at other times, and printing and photocopying services will only be available when there are staff in attendance.
The dates of planned closures while Open+ technology is installed are:
- Great Moor library – Closed 2pm 9th January – 10am 24th January
- Edgeley library – Closed 2pm 22nd January – 10am 7th February
- Reddish library – Closed 2pm 19th February – 10am 7th March
- Brinnington library – Closed 2pm 5th March – 10am 21st March
A full list of Open+ libraries and more information about services can be found on the Stockport Council website.