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BREAKTHROUGH: New technology makes accessing Berkhamsted library even easier

 Published on: 30th September 2019   |   By: Tim Green   |   Category: Uncategorized

Visitors to Berkhamsted Library can now benefit from increased access thanks to some new technology.

Open+ is an integrated IT system which allows customers to access library buildings and facilities during unstaffed, non-core hours, extending access where the library would normally be closed.

Once registered for Open+ customers can benefit from extended library access straight away.

The scheme was piloted at Croxley Green Library.

Open+ is managed through a card / pin number system located near the entrance and controls the lighting, building controls, public IT access, self-service kiosks and security.

Once customers exit the relevant systems automatically shut down and the building is secure.

A spokesman for Herts Libraries said Open+ is working well.

He said: “In Open+ Libraries we will be able to adjust to the needs of particular communities – offering additional access when they need it. There is also the potential for people to rediscover the library as the additional access may be more convenient to their circumstances. A great way to future proof Hertfordshire libraries and keep them relevant in the years to come.”

Visitors can now access Berkhamsted Library from 7am six days a week. Its open till 8pm on Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays.

Thursdays Open+ hours are 7.00am – 8.00pm, where previously the library was closed.

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