Over 65 people have signed up for the new libraries extended hours scheme.

The Libraries Unlocked Introduction Event at St John’s Library saw attendees sign up for the initiative, which will see the venue offer access hours from 8am to 8pm, from Monday to Saturday.

The initiative aims to transform residents' engagement with community libraries by offering an expanded access from 8am to 8pm, from Monday to Saturday.


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The scheme includes book lending and returns, free computer and wi-fi usage, access to dedicated study spaces, community event participation and room hiring.

Worcestershire County Council's cabinet member for communities, Councillor Marcus Hart, said: "Libraries are at the heart of our communities across Worcestershire, and I’m very pleased that we’re developing new approaches that work around our residents’ busy lives."

One person who has signed up to the initiative said: "Best thing Worcestershire Libraries have done since the introduction of self-service."

Another commented: "A Brilliant idea and it's enabled us as a family to access the library more."

"As a working Mum, extended hours have allowed us to pop in at times the library wouldn’t be open normally", a final person said.

Libraries Unlocked is open to library patrons aged 15 and over.