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.