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Library self-service plan widens

Kiosk - image courtesy Gloucestershire  County Council
it is hoped the machines will make the libraries more efficent

Self-service kiosks which allow library users in Gloucestershire to borrow, renew and return items are to be installed in more libraries.

At present the kiosks are being used in six libraries - these will be updated - and a further six put into service as part of a programme running until 2011.

A library service spokesman said the kiosks had proved very popular.

"All the users need is their library card but staff will be on hand if there are any problems," he added.

It is hoped the machines will help the library service become more efficient.

"The kiosks will free-up staff to help customers with inquiries, choosing books and other materials, joining the library, and accessing other library services," a Gloucestershire County Council spokeswoman said.

Users will also be able to book internet terminals in the library and reserve books using the kiosks.

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