A new library system which promises a “greater customer experience” is being launched in Sutton next month.

The scheme is being rolled out across the network of libraries in the borough in early March, with the aim to enable better access to existing and new stock.

This will include e-books, e-resources and hard copy books.

The installation works will take place between March 2 and 6, before being launched on March 7, so customers will not be able to access a range of services.

These will include the website and online portals, such as renewals, online payments and online reservations.

My Library account information and the Sutton Library mobile app will also not be available during this period, however, public computers and WiFi access will be.

Items borrowed from libraries in Sutton will be “issued for slightly longer than usual” so Ithey can cover the installation period.

Library customers will also need to update their account information, with their emails and mobile number details, to continue receiving pre and overdue item reminders as well as reservation notifications, as these won’t be sent out by post anymore.

Library customers who have the current library app need to now download the new London Library Constortium ‘My Library’ app, which will be available in online app stores from March 7.

Sutton Council is part of the London Library Consortium, which comprises 15 library authorities across the city and Luton in Bedfordshire.

The country’s largest public library consortium, it serves more than 140 branches and provides customers with access to over six million items in it

There are more than 250,000 users who use the consortium to borrow stock and access resources online each year, such as e-books, as well as online resources like magazines and reference material.

Kelly Saini Badwal, the council’s new head of cultural services, said: “This is truly an exciting time for Sutton.

“We’re proud to lead the way for libraries across London and overseeing the implementation of a brand new library system that will not only improve the library experience for customers but ultimately lead to a fully engaged library community.”