Scheme under fire

June 29 2018

A scheme to allow people to use libraries using a swipe card is “in danger of hitting the rocks,” it has been claimed.

South Gloucestershire Council introduced the Open Access scheme at many libraries in October last year as it cut staff hours by 30 per cent to save £500,000 from its budget.

Hanham library did not get Open Access because of constraints of its building but at other sites people who have signed up for the cards can  get in seven days a week.

But in the first six months of the scheme just one in every seven eligible library users - 3,655 in total - had signed up across the authority area.

Labour's Councillor Pat Rooney, said only 13 per cent of users had signed up, making the technology a false economy.