Library technology makes book-borrowing easier in Barnsley

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MODERN technology is helping to make borrowing books easier.

Emails and text messages will be used to remind library customers in Barnsley when items need to be returned. Notices will be sent direct to them once they have signed up to the service, which is part of the new library management service.

Coun Jenny Platts, Barnsley Council’s cabinet member for adults and communities, said the introduction of the service is the first in a wave of improvements being carried out across its 17 libraries in the area.

Earlier this year, the council announced it was updating the way in which it manages customers loans and requests by installing a new library management system.

The email reminders will be available first, with text messaging being offered within the next few months. Once it is up and running, customers will be able to decide which one they prefer.

The council is promoting activities it has organised during the six-week school holidays, including the Summer Reading Challenge - which encourages youngsters to read during the break - author events and a book sale in September.

A spokeswoman for Barnsley Council said: “People can pop into their local library to see what they have to offer - they’d be surprised by the activities going on.”

Anyone who wishes to register for the new reminder service can contact their local library to find out more. For more information on library activities, contact the Central Library on 01226 773911 for details or go to www.barnsley.gov.uk/libraries.