TAMESIDE Libraries’ new Open+ plan adds up to longer hours and more accessibility. Testing of the self-service system is already under way and it should begin in November at Denton Library.
Open+ means a big increase in weekly opening hours. It was designed after taking into account the hundreds of responses to a recent consultation process, and gives people greater choice in how and when they use the library service. It will cover all the borough’s libraries except for Tameside Central in Ashton.
However, Open+ membership is not automatic. People need to be 16 or over and must undergo an induction process. For full details of the eligibility criteria, ask at your local library or visit www.tameside.gov.uk/libraries/openplus/eligibility
During Open+ hours, members who have completed the induction will be able to gain access by using a card-swipe system that has been successfully and safely utilised by other authorities. Security will be maintained through CCTV monitoring and an emergency phone.
Cllr Ged Cooney, Tameside Council’s executive member with responsibility for libraries, said: “Open+ means longer opening times, and these will make our libraries more inclusive as people who work unsocial hours will be able to use them more easily. There will also be lots more time to get online, which will help with job hunting and accessing online services such as booking GP appointments.
“It all adds up to create a service fit to meet people’s demands in the 21st century. However, we have to use this new technology in the right way to preserve the security of our customers and our buildings, which means Open+ members have to complete an induction process with a member of staff.”