Hampshire County Council are carrying out a review of the libraries cross the county to improve their service. The libraries cost £12,000,000 a year to run and of the 1.32 million population in Hampshire, the library service has 203,409 active members. It costs £58 per year for every library user to run the service and the cost for every book loan is £2.23. It is fair to say that digital technology has made our need for libraries less and less as demand for libraries has declined over the last 20 years.
The last time I entered one was for by GCSE school projects, but I am firmly against any closures as they provide an essential focal point for many people in the community who are not computer users, or take part in the vast array of activities the library organises.
HCC are holding a consultation to “help transform and modernise the service” but a key part of this ‘improvement’ will be to identify which branches to close. Our nearest alternative branches are Waterlooville and Petersfield so please click on the links below to read more and have your say. The consultation runs from the 2nd November 2015 to the 16th January 2016 and you can download the strategy document on this link here: Library Service Transformation Draft Strategy to 2020 and to complete the survey please visit Library Consultation Link