and Highbridge library users to benefit from regional link-up
of Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge libraries will soon be able to
use over 150 libraries across the south west and get access to
a huge catalogue of 2.5 million items as part of a raft of changes
coming over the next few weeks.
The changes are being introduced this month as part of the expansion
of the LibrariesWest consortium and the introduction of a new,
shared management computer system for loans and stock.
On Tuesday 7th June, the existing LibrariesWest consortium of
Bath and North East Somerset, Bristol, North Somerset, Somerset
and South Gloucestershire public library services will be enlarged
when Dorset County and the Borough of Poole library services join
will then be able to access libraries, coast to coast from the
Bristol Channel right down to the South Coast.
Customers will benefit by being able to use over 150 libraries
across the LibrariesWest region; keeping and using their current
library card at any LibrariesWest library; borrowing, renewing,
returning and reserving items at any LibrariesWest library regardless
of where they were originally borrowed from.
will also get access to a wider range of stock through the shared
catalogue, offering around 2.5 million items, and be able to use
the LibrariesWest website and mobile App to search the catalogue,
reserve and renew items 24/7.
Cllr David Hall, Cabinet Member with a responsibility for libraries,
said: "I really welcome these positive benefits for our county-wide
library services and Im sure they will make a difference
to people who have more specific needs or who simply use our libraries
regularly for pleasure. Please bear with your local library over
the next few weeks as there may be some disruption to services
in the short term while we implement the changes."
In the run-up to the changes, from 31 May to 6 June there will
be no access to the library catalogue and the customer database
for staff and customers. During this period, libraries can issue
and return items and customers can use the public computers and
Wi-Fi. However, there will be no access to the Libraries West
website or app, no access to customer accounts, no request service
and on 14 June no public computers or Wi-Fi in any Somerset library.
17 26 June there will be no request service available while
the consortium catalogues are amalgamated. During June there will
also be a delay in the delivery of new titles whilst suppliers
transfer systems. New titles will continue to be ordered and will
start to arrive in libraries from July.
information can be found at www.somerset.gov.uk/librarychanges
or ask your local library staff for the leaflet Changes
to your Library Service: Information for Customers.