Help shape Hampshire’s library service for the future

Consultation open until

Hampshire County Council is asking people who live, work and study in Hampshire to have their say on proposed changes to libraries

The consultation offers a choice between different options.

Why changes are proposed

The way people use library services is changing. Hampshire Library Service continues to evolve in response.

As well as responding to changing needs, the library service is looking to make savings of £1.76 million. All areas of work across the County Council are being looked at to find savings needed to bridge the current funding gap faced by local authorities across the country, as demands for council services grow.

More details to help you decide

To understand what is being proposed, and why change is needed, please read the detailed information pack.

To understand why particular libraries have been put forward for consideration, look at appendices 2 and 3 of the information pack.

We are in the process of updating some specific information in the appendices.  This will be published shortly and does not impact on the overall proposals which remain unchanged.

Your feedback matters

No decisions will be made on any of these proposals, until people have had the opportunity to give their views. Feedback received will inform decisions to be made by the Executive Member for Recreation and Heritage in summer 2020.

Equality Impact Assessments (EIAs) for the proposals

Take part in the consultation

Consultation response form

Printable Consultation response form

Easy read version - Information pack

Printable Easy Read response form

Easy Read response form

Drop-in sessions

There will be opportunities to drop-in and have an informal chat with the County Council staff leading the consultation, at various venues around the county. This list will be updated as new dates are confirmed.

 Date  Time  Venue  Type of event
Wednesday 29 January 2:30 to 6:30pm Winchester Discovery Centre Public Drop-in
Monday 3 February 2pm to 5pm Hythe Library Public Drop-in
Tuesday 4 February 2pm to 5pm Havant Library Public Drop-in
Tuesday 4 February 2pm to 6pm Chineham Library Public Drop-in
Thursday 6 February 2pm to 6pm Blackfield Library Public Drop-in
Thursday 6 February 2pm to 6pm Odiham Library Public Drop-in
Thursday 6 February 2pm to 6pm Lee on Solent Library Public Drop-in
Friday 7 February 2pm to 6pm South Ham Library Public Drop-in
Saturday 8 February 11am to 3pm Basingstoke Discovery Centre Public Drop-in
Monday 10 February 2pm to 6pm Horndean Library Public Drop-in
Tuesday 11 February 2pm to 6pm Elson Library Public Drop-in
Tuesday 11 February 2pm to 6pm Fair Oak Library Public Drop-in
Wednesday 12 February 9:30am to 2:00pm Gosport Discovery Centre Public Drop-in
Friday 14 February 2pm to 6pm Emsworth Library Public Drop-in
Friday 14 February 2pm to 6pm Lyndhurst Library Public Drop-in

Audio version

The consultation Information Pack has been recorded onto a series of audio files, to assist people with visual impairments. If you would prefer to listen to the Information Pack, please do so using the links below.

If, having listened to the information, you would like to arrange a time to complete the Response Form verbally, please call 0300 5551387. Alternatively, you can respond using the online Response Form, using the link above.

Listen to the audio files:

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