Malvern Library set to adopt Worcestershire's new Unlocked model - The Malvern Observer

Malvern Library set to adopt Worcestershire's new Unlocked model

Malvern Editorial 9th May, 2024   0

MALVERN Library will soon be adopting Worcestershire’s new Libraries Unlocked model.

The change will extend the library’s opening hours from 8am to 8pm (Monday to Saturday).

The service provides more flexibility for customers and community groups to use their local library at times that are convenient to them, such as before or after work and on previously closed weekdays.

Thanks to new technology, members can enjoy a range of services, including borrowing and returning books, utilising free library computers and Wi-Fi, accessing dedicated study spaces, participating in community events, and hiring meeting rooms.

Ahead of the service launch, Worcestershire County Council is inviting library members to an introductory drop-in session at Malvern Library on May 15 from 11am to 12.30pm. A date for the official launch is yet to be confirmed.

Councillor Marcus Hart, cabinet member for communities at Worcestershire County Council, said: I am thrilled that Libraries Unlocked is coming to Malvern and urge you to drop by and learn how it works, the benefits and how you can make the most of the new service.

“Libraries Unlocked is a brilliant idea that empowers families, working parents, and the entire community to access the library at their convenience.”

Libraries Unlocked membership is for ages 15 and over. Under 15s can visit the library during Libraries Unlocked opening hours if they are accompanied by a Libraries Unlocked member.

Library members who wish to upgrade to Libraries Unlocked membership will be required to complete a short induction.

Existing Libraries Unlocked members in areas already using the scheme have said it is a “brilliant idea and it’s enabled us as a family to access the library more” and that it is the “best thing

Worcestershire Libraries have done since the introduction of self-service.”

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