Visitors to the all-new Bridgend Library can borrow books using ‘self-service’ machines.
Located within Bridgend Recreation centre, the new library features state-of-the-art machines that enable users to borrow, renew and return multiple books and other library items independently. The touch-screen machines supplied and installed by 2CQR use radio frequency identification (RFID) technology.
Replacing the library’s previous premises on Wyndham Street, the all-new library is a larger, more accessible modern space with a host of brand new services and features.
As well as thousands of new books, the new library features extra computers and tablets, new furniture, comfortable seating, reading corners and an exciting space for children.
Opening hours have been extended and two hours’ free car parking has been introduced for all visitors to Bridgend Recreation Centre. New bus stops have also been installed outside the centre with a direct link from Bridgend Bus Station.
The library move forms the latest example of the council implementing the ‘life centre’ model at its leisure centres, which has already seen libraries successfully relocate into leisure centres in the Ogmore and Garw valleys.
Councillor Lyn Morgan, Cabinet Member for Wellbeing, said: “These new self-service machines are helping to make borrowing library items quicker and easier than ever before. Children find them exciting to use and they assist library staff and provide them with more time to perform other important duties, increase the number of activities that are taking place and recommend books and authors to visitors.”
Information supplied by Luke Fox, Corporate Marketing Assistant, Bridgend County Borough Council