Bristol libraries get new self-service machines

New self-service machines at several libraries in Bristol will start to be used in the next week.

The machines, which allow customers to borrow and return books themselves, will be unveiled at Bristol Central library on Monday.

They will also be switched on at Henleaze Library on Tuesday.

The scheme has cost Bristol City Council £650,000 and more than 400,000 books have been tagged so they can be used with the new system.

Councillor Simon Cook, the authority's deputy leader, said the machines would allow librarians to carry out other duties.

"Our investment in new technology will free up our excellent library staff to help readers and visitors with their inquiries and research requests," he said.

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