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Queues could be a thing of the past in Putnoe Library, as it closes from Monday 10th - Wednesday 12th September, to undergo the necessary works associated with the installation of self-service terminals. The library will reopen as usual at 9.30am on Thursday 13th September.

 

The installation of Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technology allows library users to check out and return their own books quickly and easily, resulting in fewer queues. The system is easy to use and staff will be available to help people as they get familiar with the new system and answer any questions customers may raise.

 

As much preparation as possible is being carried out beforehand to minimise the disruption to customers - who will of course be able to use any of the other libraries in the borough during the temporary closure period.

 

The Mayor of Bedford Borough, Dave Hodgson, said: “Where we have introduced self-service terminals at libraries in the borough, people have told us that it makes their visit even more enjoyable as they can spend more time viewing the books, rather than having to wait in queues to get served. This time-saving technology is a quick way of issuing, discharging and renewing items yourself, which people may find much more convenient.”

 

Bedford Borough Council is investing in modernising library facilities in a two year ‘Invest to Save’ modernisation project. The Central Library was completed last year, and work at Kempston Library was completed in July. The one-off capital funding will be paid back over 4 years from operational savings.

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