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Single library card tri-borough scheme launched

Three London boroughs are launching a new scheme today (3rd October) which will allow residents to access libraries across the different authorities with a single card.

Westminster City Council, the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea and Hammersmith & Fulham Council are all taking part in the scheme, which will allow library users to access books and all other facilities from across the three boroughs with their current library cards.

The three councils made the decision to create the One Library Card policy last year, in a move to save money and protect frontline services. It is part of their tri-borough agreement, which also sees them share management between children's services, adult social care and pensions, and aims to save £40 million a year across the three authorities by 2016.

At the 21 libraries across the three boroughs, users can now access one million books, use the 470 available PCs, attend all events and access specialist collections, including Westminster Reference Library and the fashion collection at Chelsea Library.

To celebrate the move, Hammersmith-based artist Gianandrea Traina has created a sculpture at Victoria Library, spelling out “1,000,000” with books.

The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea’s Leader, Sir Merrick Cockell, said: “Through tri-borough we will continue to offer excellent library services with a strong focus on innovation and development to meet the current and future needs of our local communities. By combining senior management and working closely with our neighbours we are ensuring that our libraries will continue to thrive at a time when library services in other parts of the capital are under pressure.”

 

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This may be new in London but not elsewhere.

For many years you can borrow in a Cambridgeshire Library and
return to a City of Peterborough Library and vice versa.

East Midlands Bureau was set back up in the 60s to allow access
between the then Huntingdonshire (Now Cambriodgeshire)City of
Peterborough (then called Stoke of Peterborough) Lincolnshire
Nottinghamshire,leicetsershire,Northants Libraries stock and for
loans between libraries without having the expesnive British library
inter library loan. That was if you went to another member library
and found something you need to spend more time to reading it
you ask your home library to get a transfer for a set amount of time
between 2-12 weeks depending on demand for that title. Along it came
in days before computers.

Norfolk have allowed use of all services on production of your Home
Library card since early 70s.
As a boy l used to use Hunstanton Norfolk services when on Holiday on my Huntingdonshire then very up to date/then state of the art
Plastic card when Norfolk where still stamping loans with a handstamp
and Huntingdonshire had entered Photographic method of loans.

Access to IT Computers, ie Kent Libraries and Somerset Libraries
is allowed on production of your home library card.No doubt others
do as well. E.O.E.

What this London scheme does do is make all three council areas
cards interchangable.Also people who live in Border area of a
Council area can now use a closer library if the that is the case,
rather than a trek. It could see some uplift in user numbers.

This may be new in London but not elsewhere.

For many years you can borrow in a Cambridgeshire Library and
return to a City of Peterborough Library and vice versa.

East Midlands Bureau was set back up in the 60s to allow access
between the then Huntingdonshire (Now Cambriodgeshire)City of
Peterborough (then called Stoke of Peterborough) Lincolnshire
Nottinghamshire,leicetsershire,Northants Libraries stock and for
loans between libraries without having the expesnive British library
inter library loan. That was if you went to another member library
and found something you need to spend more time to reading it
you ask your home library to get a transfer for a set amount of time
between 2-12 weeks depending on demand for that title. Along it came
in days before computers.

Norfolk have allowed use of all services on production of your Home
Library card since early 70s.
As a boy l used to use Hunstanton Norfolk services when on Holiday on my Huntingdonshire then very up to date/then state of the art
Plastic card when Norfolk where still stamping loans with a handstamp
and Huntingdonshire had entered Photographic method of loans.

Access to IT Computers, ie Kent Libraries and Somerset Libraries
is allowed on production of your home library card.No doubt others
do as well. E.O.E.

What this London scheme does do is make all three council areas
cards interchangable.Also people who live in Border area of a
Council area can now use a closer library if the that is the case,
rather than a trek. It could see some uplift in user numbers.