A new year and a new look for Lockswood Library

Dec 13 2018


Hampshire County Council’s Lockswood Library will temporarily close after Christmas to undergo a £30,000 refurbishment, creating a more modern and versatile space for customers.

The County Council’s Executive Member for Recreation and Heritage, Councillor Seán Woodward, said: “Lockswood Library will have a fantastic start to 2019 following the raft of improvements we’re making. Customers will be able to quickly and easily borrow, renew and return items thanks to the arrival of self-service technology kiosks.

“Alongside introducing the latest technology, we’re investing in the building itself to make sure it’s up to date, with fresh decoration and new carpets.

“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, events and interest groups.”

A summary of the works:

  • Changes to the layout, updated carpets and decoration
  • Introduction of self-service technology kiosks for customers to quickly and easily borrow and return items
  • New mobile shelving so the space can be used flexibly for children’s activities, events and learning
  • New furniture

Lockswood Library will be closed from Thursday 28 December to Monday 11 February before reopening on Tuesday 12 February. During the closure, customers can use nearby Stubbington, Lee on the Solent, Fareham and Netley libraries.

Customers can borrow up to 30 books prior to 28 December and books will not be subject to fines or charges during the closure. Hampshire Library Service also offers a brilliant range of free, online resources, including e-books and e-audiobooks via BorrowBox along with e-magazines and reference guides in the Digital Library.

This investment in Lockswood Library forms part of the Library Service’s Strategy to 2020 and a commitment to reinvest £500,000 a year, from the Development Fund, until 2019, into library buildings and technology.