Eynsham Library reopens today after a comprehensive refurbishment (part-funded by the Friends of Eynsham Library). This includes new layout, new shelves and an increase in stock.
But these solid improvements are dwarfed by extended opening hours: we are promised a 7-day service, thanks to an investment in new technology. While total staffed hours remain the same, library users can now sign up to access the building outside of staffed hours via an access card and PIN. Smart systems also ensure efficient use of heat and lighting, plus extra security measures of course.
Eynsham and Summertown are pioneering this new service. As budgets come under increasing strain this far-sighted approach is particularly commendable.
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