The plans have been given the green light today, (22 January) at Councillor Perry’s Policy and Resources Decision Day, and will include temporary closure of the library for the works to be undertaken.
Councillor Perry said: “These new and refurbished facilities will bring Totton Library right up to date – ensuring it is modern, vibrant and fit for the future.
“This work is another example of our investment in buildings and technology to meet the changing demands of library customers. We are keen to help minimise any short-term inconvenience during the temporary closure, so we will be putting steps in place to provide Totton library users with extended loan periods for their books and other items such as audiobooks, during this time. Library users will also have the option to use services online, such as access to e-magazines and e-books or from neighbouring libraries.”
As part of the refurbishment works, self-service kiosks will be introduced for customers to quickly and easily borrow and return items. Totton’s enhanced facilities will also include a new meeting room and a multi-functional community room to accommodate a broad range of activities, meetings and events.
In addition, the new look and feel to the library will see the installation of new carpets, double glazed windows, a new boiler and updated furniture.
The library will close for refurbishment from Monday 19 February 2018, and re-open towards the end of April. Customers will be able to borrow a maximum of 30 books prior to 19 February – these will not be subject to fines or charges during the closure. Nearby libraries at Romsey, Lyndhurst and Hythe remain open, and the increasingly popular e-book and e-magazine service is also available at www.hants.gov.uk/library.
The works form part of the County Council’s Library Strategy – and a commitment to reinvest £500,000 a year, from the Book and Resources Fund, until 2020, into library buildings and technology.