Gwinnett County Public Library (GCPL) will be the first library system in North America to introduce Open+, a service which grants customers self-service access to the library outside of normal operating hours.

The service is available at the Lawrenceville and Suwanee Branches. Registered customers have access to the branch Monday to Saturday from 8 to 10 am, Sunday from 8 am to 12 pm, Monday through Thursday from 8 pm to 10 pm and Friday through Sunday from 5 pm to 10 pm

Open+, a system developed by Norcross-based technology supplier Bibliotheca, is a complete solution that automatically controls and monitors building access, self-service kiosks, public access computers, lighting, alarms, public announcements and patron safety. Security cameras will monitor the use of the facility. The system has been used for several years in countries including the U.K. and Denmark.

“The Gwinnett County Public Library is happy to partner with Bibliotheca to offer this unique service to our customers,” says GCPL Executive Director Charles Pace. “Our number one goal is to increase community access to the resources and collections of the library for our citizens. Open+ will allow us to go beyond what libraries have traditionally offered in terms of service to our community.”

Customers who are 18 years of age or older and hold a library card in good standing are eligible for this service.

For more information about Open+, call the Library Help Line at 770-978-5154 or stop by your local branch.