Essex libraries welcomes decision for wider access to services

ESSEX Libraries has welcomed a decision which is set to give people wider access to library services and make them easier to use. The announcement from the Society of Chief Libraries (SCL) means that membership of any local library service entitles any cu

ESSEX Libraries has welcomed a decision which is set to give people wider access to library services and make them easier to use.

The announcement from the Society of Chief Libraries (SCL) means that membership of any local library service entitles any customer to use other public library services in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

In addition, the SCL has announced the simplification of membership processes, meaning that anyone can join a library service with, at the most, just one official document providing proof of identity and address.

Cabinet member for adults, health and community wellbeing, Cllr David Finch, said: "In Essex we believe that access to our library facilities should be made as easy as possible for all people.


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"For sometime now we have had measures in place to make joining procedures as easy as possible; we are thrilled to see these processes being followed on a national scale and to see that once again our libraries are at the forefront of such new initiatives."

For more information about your local library, opening hours and the services available visit www.essex.gov.uk/libraries.

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