New staffed opening hours for Hampshire Libraries

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Current staffed opening hours

Revised temporary opening times are currently in operation at each library to help us keep our branches COVID-secure and are linked below. Please check the opening days and times of your local library before visiting.

Current temporary staffed opening hours

Future staffed opening hours

New staffed opening hours will be implemented later in 2021 and customers will be updated about these in due course. These future staffed opening hours follow:

Alresford, Bishop’s Waltham and West End libraries – revisions to new staffed hours

Of the 4,446 responses received in the staffed opening hours consultation, 28% of respondents indicated that the new opening hours would not meet their needs. Following feedback from the consultation, the proposed new staffed hours for Alresford, Bishop’s Waltham and West End libraries were revised and their future staffed opening hours, which will be implemented later in 2021, will be:

  • Alresford Library: close Monday 9.30am to 1.30pm and instead open Friday 1pm to 5pm
  • Bishop’s Waltham Library: close Friday 9.30am to 1.30pm and instead open Friday 1pm to 5pm
  • West End Library: close Tuesday 9.30am to 1.30pm and instead open Tuesday 1pm to 5pm

Feedback on suggested opening hours of all other libraries showed that the proposed opening hours would meet customers’ needs.

Council-run libraries closed at the end of 2020

Blackfield, Elson, Fair Oak, Horndean, Lee-on-the-Solent, Odiham and South Ham libraries ceased to be maintained by the County Council at the end of 2020. After a short closure many of these branches will transition to become Independent Community Libraries during 2021.

The library at Lyndhurst closed on 7 November 2020 to allow for refurbishment to take place for a new community space and independent community library, which will be opening in 2021.