Open Access

Open Access is a service that allows customers to have access to the library outside of normal operating hours. With Open Access, customers have self-service access that includes the use of computers, printing, materials selection, checkout, and basic account resolution. This service allows the library to be accessible from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily, except for holidays or on days when the library is closed.

To enter the library during Open Access hours, approach the keypad located near the door and, scan your library card, then enter your pin.

Customers 18 years and up who hold a library card are automatically registered for open access and have self-service access to the library outside of normal operating hours. Teenagers who registered for a library card before coming of age are automatically enrolled on their 18th birthday. 

Open Access is currently available only at the Duluth, Grayson, Lawrenceville, Norcross, and Suwanee branches.

How does open access work?

  • PROVIDE ACCESS – Only valid patrons are granted self-service access with the use of their library card/number and pin.
  • MONITOR ACTIVITY – Camera surveillance provides peace of mind for library users and deters theft and vandalism.
  • MANAGE POWER – The system can turn on and safely shut down the power for lights, alarm systems, computers, self-service kiosks and more.
  • BROADCAST MESSAGES – A PA system delivers pre-recorded messages during opening and closing.

Open Access Policy

  • Open Access customers will use their own library card to gain entry.
  • While using the facility, customers will not respond to vendors or persons trying to enter the facility.
  • Security cameras monitor the use of the facility.
  • Announcements will be made during the course of Open Access hours and customers agree to comply with directives.
  • All library policies are in effect during Open Access hours, including the Library Code of Conduct and Computer and Internet Usage policies.
  • Wall mounted phone may be used to place 911 emergency call if needed.

Open Access Hours