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Open Access

South Gloucestershire libraries are introducing Open Access swipe card technology from 1 October 2017 (it is already available at Bradley Stoke Library).

Now you can enhance your existing Active Leisure and Library membership to use the library for up to an extra 42.5 hrs a week.

This will enable you to make the most of the resources at times that are more convenient to you, when staff are not present but the leisure centre is open. Now you can click and collect your reservations, browse and borrow, make use of the PCs, printing and free WiFi for longer every week.

During Open Access sessions you will be able to:
• scan your Active Leisure and Library card and use your PIN to enter the library
• connect to our free wifi
• use a PC
• print and photocopy items
• access online e-resources
• issue, return, renew items and pay charges using the self-service kiosks
• collect reserved items
• use the library to meet others, read and study
• read books and newspapers

How to register (currently only available at Bradley Stoke Library)
•  Pop into Bradley Stoke Library and ask a member of staff about Open Access membership
•  Bring your Active Leisure and Library card and proof of address (such as a driving licence, recent utility bill, bank or credit card statement)
•  Complete a membership form confirming agreement to our terms and conditions
•  Undertake a short introductory session, which includes how the system works, services available, emergency procedures and how to report faults.

On completion of registration your membership will be updated to enable use of Open Access.

Opening hours – Bradley Stoke library only

 Monday  8am to 9:30am  Open Access
 9:30am to 6pm  Staffed
 6:15pm to 9:30pm  Open Access
 Tuesday  8am to 9:30am  Open Access
 9:30am to 6pm  Staffed
 6:15pm to 9:30pm  Open Access
 Wednesday  8am to 9:30pm  Open Access all day
 Thursday  8am to 9:30am  Open Access
 9:30am to 6pm  Staffed
 6:15pm to 9.30pm  Open Access
Friday  8am to 9:30am  Open Access
 9:30am to 6pm  Staffed
 6:15pm to 9:30pm  Open Access
Saturday  8am to 9:30am  Open Access
 9:30am to 5pm  Staffed
 5:15pm to 6pm  Open Access
Sunday  8am to 11am  Open Access
 11am to 3pm  Staffed
 3:15pm to 6pm  Open Access

Terms and conditions
•  You need to be a current library member and aged 16 years or over
•  You must have no history of misusing library services in the last year
•  Do not let anyone else use your library card to access the building or share your PIN
•  Adults must have individual Open Access membership to enter
•  All children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by a parent or carer at all times
•  When entering or leaving the building please take all reasonable steps to ensure no one else enters at the same time. You will be held responsible for the behaviour of anyone you intentionally allow in
•  Make sure you leave the building as directed by the pre-recorded messages and dimming of lights when the service closes
•  Any loanable item taken from the building must be borrowed through the self-service terminals as usual
•  Please use all equipment and services responsibly and respect others using the space
•  Groups will continue to use the library during Open Access hours
•  Use of the library when unstaffed is at your own risk. CCTV is installed and monitors the library 24/7 with images recorded, this is for your safety and there is a customer telephone.

Data protection
For information on data protection visit Libraries West:

What do you think?
As this is a new service for South Gloucestershire we would welcome any feedback.
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