Hampshire County Council Executive Member for Recreation, Heritage, Countryside and Rural Affairs, Councillor Edward Heron, said: “On 28 July 2020, the County Council approved proposals to transform the Library Service to achieve savings of £1.76 million. This decision followed an extensive public consultation that received more than 21,000 responses, and included closing eight County Council-run libraries, among them Blackfield Library, and reducing opening hours of all remaining Council-run libraries by 20%.
“As part of these proposals, Hampshire County Council offered financial and professional support to any community group wishing to take on the running of their local library to help them transition into independent community libraries. We received no expression of interest from any group wishing to provide an independent community library in Blackfield. While closing a library is never easy, we are confident that residents can continue to benefit from the Library Service either online or at any of our other 40 library branches, of which Hythe, Totton and Lymington are the closest. Thank you to everyone who has supported Blackfield Library over the years.”
Residents can continue to collect physical items from Blackfield Library up until 1pm on 31 December 2020, after which the Council-run library will permanently close. After 30 December residents can still return borrowed items using the book return box that will be set up outside the building until 13 February 2021.
Details for the Hampshire Library Service, including its digital library which has thousands of eBooks, audiobooks, newspapers and magazines to choose from, can be found at www.hants.gov.uk/librariesandarchives/library