Hampshire County Council’s Executive Member for Recreation and Heritage, Councillor Seán Woodward said: “We are investing £80,000 in making New Milton Library a modern, vibrant and accessible community venue. The improvements will particularly benefit families with small children, and we will also be able to welcome new groups into the library, thanks to new hireable rooms.”
“We’re committed to ensuring our libraries keep pace with the needs of customers, and continue to thrive as popular venues for learning, study and community activities. We’re working hard to transform many library interiors so that the spaces can be used in the most broad and flexible ways, including children’s activities, alongside adults’ events and interest groups.”
As well as full redecoration and updating of the facilities, a new community room and additional hireable spaces will be provided. Some sections of the library will be reorganised to ensure the most popular sections are the most easily accessible on the ground floor. In particular, the Children’s Library will be relocated to the ground floor, making it easier for families with buggies or wheelchairs to use it.
To accommodate the changes, New Milton Library will be closed from Monday 25 February and will reopen on Tuesday 23 April.
Customers are being given an extended loan period to cover them over the closure. Books will be due back in May. The nearest alternative libraries are Lymington Library, Lyndhurst Library or Ringwood Library – but customers can return or borrow books in any Hampshire Library.
This investment in New Milton Library forms part of the and a commitment to reinvest £500,000 a year, from the Development Fund, into library buildings and technology.