Share your views on Library opening hours

Hampshire residents have until midnight on Monday 17 August to share their views on changes to opening times at their local libraries, following a recent decision on the future of the Library Service which will see the staffed hours of 40 libraries reduced by an average of 20%

Aug 14 2020

Residents are invited to fill out the survey online at www.hants.gov.uk/library-consultation.

Councillor Seán Woodward, Executive Member for Recreation and Heritage at Hampshire County Council, said: “We want to hear local people’s views on the staffed library opening times that would be most useful to them, and to hear from any local groups or organisations who are interested in volunteering to help extend their local library’s opening times. By sharing their feedback, residents are helping us to ensure our libraries are as effective as possible for each community’s needs, in a way that is viable within the County Council’s financial means.”

The consultation on staffed opening times began on 3 August 2020 and closes at 11:59pm on 17 August. Paper copies of the consultation are available in libraries for those unable to fill out the survey online.

Groups or organisations interested in volunteering to extend the proposed hours are encouraged to contact the Library Service via County.Library.HQ@hants.gov.uk.

The changes to hours will be largely completed by January 2021.