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Libraries shut as booths are put in

FOUR libraries in Solihull will be closed to the public for one week later this month whilst new self service kiosks are installed.

FOUR libraries in Solihull will be closed to the public for one week later this month whilst new self service kiosks are installed.

Shirley, Hobs Moat, Olton and Castle Bromwich libraries will be shutting their doors temporarily from 23 to 28 March to allow the modern booths to be put in, which will let people take out, return and renew books, CDs and DVDs by simply using their library card.

Library staff will still be on hand to offer help to any members of the public requiring assistance and people can still use the library in the same way that they have always done.

All other libraries across Solihull will be open during this period and people will be able to renew books online at www.solihull.gov.uk/libraries or by telephoning Central Library renewals on 0121 704 8400.

Dickens Heath, Knowle and Balsall Common libraries have already been kitted out with the kiosks and Central and Chelsmley Wood libraries will have them fitted later this year.

Cabinet member for quality of life and neighbourhoods, Coun Diana Holl Allen, said: “This service allows people to spend less time queuing in the library and more time to enjoy the wonderful books on offer to them.”

“We are proud of the brilliant facilities in the borough’s libraries and encourage people to make the most of them.”

Last week the Solihull News carried a story highlighting the concerns of some members of the public who used Knowle Library and were worried about the new facilities on offer.

 

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