LIBRARIES in Evesham and Pershore will soon transition to a new model introduced by Worcestershire County Council.
The new model – Libraries Unlocked – increases opening times for visitors through a free membership scheme for those aged 15 and over.
Worcestershire County Council is inviting constituents in Evesham and Pershore to visit their library later this month for a taster of what the new library model will offer.
On January 18, those interested can attend Evesham Library from 10am to 2pm or Pershore Library from 1pm to 3pm to learn more.
Benefits of the scheme include extended opening hours for libraries, with the ability to browse, borrow and return books without needing staff to be present on site due to new electronic systems.
Councillor Marcus Hart, cabinet member for communities at Worcestershire County Council, said: “I am thrilled that Libraries Unlocked is coming to Evesham and Pershore Libraries and urge you to drop by and learn how it works, the benefits and how you can make the most of the new service.
“Libraries Unlocked is a brilliant idea that empowers families, working parents, and the entire community to access the library at their convenience.
Free library computers and Wi-Fi will also be available for researching or leisure.
Printing and photocopying promises to be ‘hassle-free’ and dedicated study spaces will be available.
Meeting rooms can also be hired for free, while a host of engaging community events will be taking place at the libraries.
The new library model came under scrutiny prior to its introduction over fears around possible safety compromises as a result of unstaffed premises.
However, the scheme has launched in various other Worcestershire districts and has helped to extensively increase people’s access to library facilities.