Open+ Access

The Bear River Library and the Penn Valley Library offer extended hours using the Open+ Access system. Open+ Access allows patrons to use the library outside of normal operating hours. Open+ Access is currently only available at the Bear River Library and the Penn Valley Library.

Open+ Access Hours

MONDAY8 AM - 10 PM7 AM - 9 AM & 4 PM - 10 PM
6 PM - 10 PM4 PM - 10 PM
6 PM - 10 PM4 PM - 10 PM
3 PM - 10 PM 4 PM - 10 PM
3 PM - 10 PM4 PM - 10 PM
3 PM - 10 PM8 AM - 8 PM
8 AM - 10 PM8 AM - 8 PM

Who Can Participate in Open+ Access?

  • Patrons age 18 years or older with a library account in good standing.
  • Patrons who complete the Open+ Access Terms and Conditions Form.
  • Patrons who complete the Open+ Access Orientation with staff at the Bear River Library or Penn Valley Library. Patrons will be contacted to schedule an orientation after the terms and conditions form is completed online.

How Does Open+ Access Work?

  • Patrons who qualify and have completed the Open+ Access requirements will use their own library card and pin# to gain entry in the library during selected hours.
  • Security cameras monitor the use of the library.
  • While using the library, patrons should not respond to vendors or persons trying to enter the facility.
  • The system turns on and safely shuts down during Open+ hours for lights, alarm systems, computers, and self-service kiosk.
  • A broadcasting PA system delivers pre-recorded messages during opening and closing.  Patrons must comply with the guidelines set by the announcements.
  • All library policies are in effect during Open+ Access hours, including the Library Code of Conduct and Computer and Internet Usage Guidelines.
  • Patrons will have self-service access to a catalog computer, public computers, self-serve checkout, and holds pickup.

Apply for Open+ Access

Click here to apply!  By registering, patrons acknowledge and agree to the terms of acceptable use.  Any violation may result in the patron losing Open+ Access privileges, as well as possible fines and legal consequences.

For questions about your Open+ Access application or to learn more about the program, please call the Bear River Library at (530) 265-7052 or the Penn Valley Library at (530) 432-5764.

This project was supported in whole or in part by funding provided by the State of California, administered by the California State Library.

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