A brand-new scheme is set to come to Kidderminster Library this winter. 

Once launched, Libraries Unlocked will allow customers aged 15 and over as well as local community organisations to use the library outside staff opening hours if they upgrade to a free membership. 

Ahead of its introduction, Worcestershire County Council is inviting library members to Kidderminster Library on Monday, January 22 from 10am until 12pm to find out more about the new initiative. 

The session will also allow members to share their thoughts on how the community can make the most of the new service. 

Cabinet member for communities at Worcestershire County Council, Marcus Hart, said: "I am thrilled that Libraries Unlocked is coming to Kidderminster Library and urge you to drop by and learn how it works, the benefits and how you can make the most out of the new service. 

"Libraries Unlocked is a brilliant idea that empowers families, working parents and the entire community to access the library at their convenience." 

The benefits of the new scheme include: 

  • Use the library services at a time that suits you to browse, borrow and return books at your convenience. 
  • Access the free library computers or WiFi for your research and leisure. 
  • Print or photocopy documents hassle-free. 
  • Enjoy dedicated study spaces for focused learning. 
  • Hire meeting rooms for free. 
  • Attend engaging community events and more.

Existing Libraries Unlocked members in areas already using the scheme have said it is a "brilliant idea and it's enabled us as a family to access the library more" and that it is the "best thing Worcestershire Libraries have done since the introduction of self-service". 

For more information visit www.worcestershire.gov.uk/council-services/worcestershire-libraries/libraries-unlocked