Totton Library is about to become the latest Hampshire Library branch to receive major improvements. From Monday 19th February, the branch will be temporarily closed for around two months as refurbishment gets underway and new technology is installed for customers.
The Leader of Hampshire County Council, Councillor Roy Perry has approved plans for a major £362,000 refurbishment to modernise the branch, including self-service technology kiosks will be introduced for customers to quickly and easily borrow and return items. There will also be a new meeting room and a multi-functional community room to accommodate a broad range of activities, meetings and events. Refurbishment work will also include new carpets, double-glazed windows, walls, a new boiler and updated furniture.
Councillor Perry said: “These new and refurbished facilities will bring Totton Library right up to date – ensuring it is modern, vibrant and fit for the future.
“This work is another example of our investment in buildings and technology to meet the changing demands of library customers. We are keen to help minimise any short-term inconvenience during the temporary closure, so we will be putting steps in place to provide Totton library users with extended loan periods for their books and other items such as audiobooks, during this time. Library users will also have the option to use services online, such as access to e-magazines and e-books or from neighbouring libraries.”
Customers will be able to borrow a maximum of 30 books prior to 19th February and books will not be subject to fines or charges during the closure. The branch is due to reopen on Monday 21st May. In the meantime, local residents and regular visitors to Totton can continue to enjoy the library at Lyndhurst, Hythe and Romsey or any Hampshire Library Service branch.