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Susan Hampshire

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Marple Library High Lane Library

New technology has been installed at both Marple and High Lane Libraries - to help preserve the future of library services.

Following a successful pilot at Bramhall Library, Stockport Council has now installed Open Library technology (Open+) across several local libraries including Marple and High Lane.

The introduction of Open+ and a reduction in staffed hours was a 2018/19 budget proposal agreed by full council. The council is now to consult on opening times that library members would ideally like see, either when staff are available or via self-service.

Open+ makes it possible for people to access library services on a self-service basis when it’s most convenient for them. The technology could enable library services to be available from these libraries 8am to 8pm on week days and 9am to 5pm on weekends, for both individual and community use.

Cllr Elise Wilson, Cabinet Member for Reform and Governance said: “We encourage residents to give their views on when they would like selected libraries across the borough to be staffed. This is to ensure that library members are offered the support they need when accessing library services.

“Open+ technology will enable us to preserve library services and benefit the wider community who may have found the current opening hours inconvenient. This is part of our continued commitment to retaining valuable local services and utilising our community assets.”

The consultation closes on December 15, 2018. Residents can have their say by visiting www.stockport.gov.uk/haveyoursay