Hertfordshire Libraries Leading the Way - Open+ launces at Berkhamsted Library

Published: 14 Oct 2019

Berkhamsted Library can now be accessed for up to 13 hours, three days a week thanks to the launch of Open+ swipe card access.

The Library is accessible from 7am Monday to Saturday and until 8pm on Monday, Thursday and Friday - it was previously closed on Thursdays.

Open+ enables residents to gain access to the library outside of the normal opening hours, which is a significant step forward for the county council in increasing the availability and accessibility of public libraries.

Cabinet member for Libraries, Terry Douris, said: “The launch of this new service is a huge step in the right direction in making our libraries more accessible for our residents wherever we can and the building is compatible”.

 “Open+ offers users an exciting opportunity to access Berkhamsted library outside of the normal core opening hours, meaning on some days the library is accessible for 13 hours.

“A key part of Hertfordshire Libraries Inspiring Libraries Strategy is to find smart solutions to offer increased access to our services. Open+ is an exciting addition to our service and a great way to ensure that everybody is able to use the library service.”

Users will need to register at Berkhamsted Library for Open+, after which they will be able to use their library card as a swipe-card to gain access to the library. The integrated IT system manages the lighting, building controls, public IT access, self-service kiosks and security. Once users exit the system automatically shuts down and the building is made secure.

Open+ has been developed with safety at the forefront of the user experience. Residents will need to register for the service and will be given secure access via a card or pin number, there is also CCTV to ensure customers feel safe using the library.