Libraries Unlocked

Libraries Unlocked

A new library service offering longer opening hours and more flexibility for customers and community groups to use their local library at times that are convenient to them.

New technology allows customers with Libraries Unlocked membership to enter the library using their library card outside normal opening hours and to use library services independently when staff are not present. 

Customers who upgrade to free libraries unlocked membership will be able to access the library from 8am to 8pm Monday to Saturday.

Contact us to join Libraries Unlocked

During Libraries Unlocked hours you can:

  • borrow, return and renew library items using self-service kiosks
  • use a free library computer or free library Wi-Fi and print documents
  • use study spaces
  • search online reference services eg. Ancestry 
  • hire a library meeting room
  • meet with friends or join a social connecting interest group
  • take part in activities provided by library partners including adult learning classes, and BIPC business support services

What is Libraries Unlocked?

Opening times

To view opening times and more information:

Download Libraries Unlocked FAQ's

Who can use Libraries Unlocked?

All library members who are 16 and over are eligible to upgrade to free Libraries Unlocked membership. Under 16s can visit the library during Libraries Unlocked opening hours, but for safeguarding reasons, must be accompanied by a Libraries Unlocked member.

Privacy notice

Download Libraries Unlocked privacy notice

Rae-Anne Preece

Lead Youth Worker for the Detached Project


“The open environment that Libraries Unlocked offers has given young people a local community space they feel comfortable and happy to visit, and we’ve been able to really engage with them and see them grow in confidence and skills.”

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