Self-service kiosks now in Portsmouth libraries

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PORTSMOUTH’S libraries are benefiting from new self-service book checkout systems.

Installing new scanners is an attempt by Portsmouth City Council to bring the area’s libraries up to date and make them more efficient by freeing up staff to do other jobs.

The checkouts have already been introduced at five of the city’s libraries, in Southsea, Cosham, North End, Fratton and in the city centre.

The remaining three will have them installed before the end of the year, in a scheme which is costing the council £433,000.

Library service manager Lindy Elliot said the checkouts would give people more freedom and privacy when they check out or return books.

‘So far three quarters of the people who have given us feedback on the scanners thinks they are working well,’ she said.

To give your views pick up a yellow What Do You Think card at any of the city’s libraries.