New chapter for upgraded Fleet Library with Virtual Reality and Lego Robotics

A new chapter has begun at Hampshire County Council’s Fleet Library, with a new space for Virtual Reality, Lego Robotics and exciting digital technology

Jul 26 2017

Fleet

The library was officially re-opened on 26 July 2017 after a major refurbishment, including the creation of a new area called The Makery, which features IT, coding tools and digital equipment.

The County Council’s Executive Member for Culture, Recreation and Countryside, Councillor Andrew Gibson, who officially opened the library, said: “Fleet Library already offers popular services such as book borrowing, public computers, study areas and family activities - but if libraries are to thrive into the future, we need to reach out to more people in the community with exciting digital technology, that’s relevant to their lives.

“The Makery is a fun, creative space to develop new skills and try out new technology such as robotics, coding and virtual reality. We hope it will bring new visitors to Fleet Library, and, if successful, it could be rolled out to other Hampshire libraries.”

As well as the Makery, new facilities at Fleet Library include self-service technology for book borrowing, an accessible toilet and public entrance on the ground floor.

The refurbishment is part of the County Council’s Library Strategy to reinvest £500,000 a year from the Book Fund until 2020 into library buildings and technology. Fareham Library was officially reopened earlier this month following a similar refurbishment.

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