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Open Access and how to join

Many of our libraries are now open longer thanks to new Open Access technology. This enables registered users to access the library outside of staffed hours, in most cases 7 days a week

You can enhance your existing Active Leisure and Library membership for free. This will enable you to make the most of the resources at times that are more convenient to you. Watch our short video to see how Open Access works and why you might wish to use it.

When the library is available during Open Access times 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 computer
  • print and photocopy items
  • access online e-resources
  • issue, return, renew items and pay charges using the self-service kiosks
  • collect reserved books and items
  • use the library to meet others, read and study
  • read books and newspapers

The following libraries currently have Open Access: Bradley Stoke, Cadbury Heath, Downend, Emersons Green, Filton, *Patchway, Staple Hill, Thornbury, Winterbourne and Yate.

Please note, there are no toilet facilities during Open Access hours (apart from Bradley Stoke and Patchway, where toilet facilities are in the communal building).

*At Patchway library Open Access is not available 7 days a week.

*Photocopying not available in all Open Access libraries

Please register for your free induction through Eventbrite – ideally booking your induction at the library you plan to use so you can familiarise yourself with the location of the Open Access equipment, layout, use of equipment and fire escapes. Terms and conditions apply.

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

For opening times please see individual pages.

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