Extend open hours and provide convenient library access
What is open+?
open+ is a comprehensive system that allows libraries to provide more flexible hours, making them more accessible to the community.
Designed to complement staffed library hours, open+ can be implemented in a number of different ways to meet various library service models and integrates seamlessly with your library’s ILS. From extending access to an entire library or only a section of it, providing full self-service resources or mainly a holds pick-up area, open+ allows libraries the flexibility to extend access in the way that best meets the needs of their community and space.
With over 10 years of experience with over 750 libraries world-wide, bibliotheca is continually evolving the open+ solution, proudly innovating and leading the way for open library access.
Learn from libraries who utilize open+ to extend access to their communities
The leadership team shares insights and successes from the first open+ library in California
Learn how HPL is providing more equitable access to rural communities using open+
A pioneer in extending access, GCPL leadership discusses open+ expansion
Create convenient hours that work for more users within your community
Adding more open hours in the morning or evening creates a consistent and convenient schedule for your community and meets the needs of different users.
Provide increased access
to valuable self-service resources
The library building, physical collections, public access computers, wireless internet, and research databases are all resources users can benefit from any time of the day.
Transform the access to your library for all types of users to maximize impact
Not everyone who uses the library needs the same level of assistance. With open+, libraries can design spaces that focus on access to resources that help their communities thrive.
Building political and community support for open+: a conversation with EveryLibrary
EveryLibrary helps public, school, and college libraries win bonding, tax, and advisory referendum, ensuring stable funding and access to libraries for generations to come.
bibliotheca recently spent some time speaking with John Chrastka, founder of EveryLibrary, about the political implications of implementing the open+ solution.
Provide equitable library access for all types of users and communities
Rural commuters in Ontario
Busy families in California
Young professionals in Georgia
Suburban readers in Minnesota
Hamilton Public Library's open+ communication plan
HPL utilized open+ to expand the Freelton Branch weekly open hours from 17 to 60 – a 350% increase! The library also saw a 19% increase in overall visits within the first five months. But this didn’t happen by accident. The success of open+ hours was due, in large part, to a carefully crafted communication campaign.