The new children’s library includes new furniture, shelving and seating, a special reading 'nook’, and bright colours. The children's area is also now more prominent, being situated in the main library; visible from the front entrance, but located towards the back, so that small children are a safe distance from the entrance doors.
Some changes also have been made to the layout of books, such as moving the non-fiction collection nearer to the quiet study area, and one of the hireable meeting rooms has also been improved.
As part of the same works, Aldershot Registration Office has also been moved into the building. A new ceremonies room, for holding weddings and citizenship ceremonies, is now available.
This makes the Registration Office more accessible, as the library’s location on Aldershot High Street is more central, with good public transport links.
Aldershot Library joins Eastleigh, Havant, Lymington, Petersfield and Romsey libraries which have all recently incorporated a Registration Office as part of Hampshire County Council’s ongoing work to make more efficient use of public buildings.This bringing together of services has previously been shown to increase the number of library visitors, including some who have never visited the library before.