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 will be available at the Lawrenceville Branch as a pilot program beginning June 20. Registered customers will have access to the branch Monday to Friday from 8 to 10 am.
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 may register for Open+ at any of GCPL’s 15 branches for a $5 fee. Upon arrival, customers will insert their own library card into a reader at the entrance, enter a pin, and gain access to library resources.
For more information about Open+, call the Library Help Line at 770-978-5154 or stop by your local branch.