New improved library system for Cambridgeshire

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RESIDENTS using Cambridgeshire Libraries will soon benefit from a new improved IT system.

The system, being installed in the coming weeks, has been jointly purchased with Suffolk County Council saving Council Tax payers money. It will include an improved library catalogue and will give customers access to a wider range of services.

To ensure the system is installed successfully, libraries across the county will need to close for a brief period, usually one day. However, during this time library book loan periods are being increased, meaning disruption will be kept to a minimum. Information can be found on our website about the closures - www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/leisure/libraries/news/new_lms.htm

The following services will not be available between June 11 and 22:

* Telephone renewals

* e-books or online information sources

* Online catalogue, renewals and requests

All other services will continue as normal and customers will be able to borrow and return items in libraries. The public computers and WiFi will remain available for existing members, but new members joining from 11 June will not be able to use these facilities until the new system goes live.

Cambridgeshire County Council Cabinet Member for Learning, Cllr David Harty said “This new, modern library system, funded by Improvement East, will pave the way for improved customer service within all of our libraries. We’d like to ask all our valued customers to bear with us during this short period of time, and take advantage of the extended loan periods – meaning you can borrow books for up to six weeks.”