Many Stockport libraries are now equipped with self-service technology that allows registered users to access them outside times when staff are present.
Open+ allows library users to pick up reserved items, borrow and return books, or use the library computers or free Wi-Fi when it is more convenient. The self-service technology is available at Bramhall, Cheadle Hulme, Hazel Grove, Heatons, High Lane and Marple libraries and is being introduced at Bredbury, Cheadle and Heald Green.
Cllr David Sedgwick, Cabinet Member for Citizen Focus and Engagement said:
Libraries are at the heart of our communities, and we have listened to our residents when they say they want to be able to use them for longer.
“I’m delighted that the introduction of Open+ technology at many of our libraries will extend the opening hours, allowing people to use their library when it’s more convenient for them, including evenings and Sundays. As well as borrowing books they will also have more time to use our upgraded free-to-use computers and free Wi-fi to access the internet, or to use community meeting spaces.”
Stockport residents who want to use their local library for longer can register by calling into one of the Open+ libraries with proof of identity and proof of address and taking an Open+ tour of the library. 3,000 people are already registered for the self-service technology so far.
Open+ will soon be available at 9 Stockport libraries: Bramhall, Bredbury, Cheadle, Cheadle Hulme, Hazel Grove, Heatons, Heald Green, High Lane, and Marple. Visitors using the libraries in Open+ mode will find them brightly lit and welcoming, with the added reassurance of monitored CCTV coverage.
Library staff are still available to assist you at other times, for example, if you need digital skills support or to use the printing/scanning facilities. Each library will have at least one day staffed until 6pm.