Brand new top of the range self service kiosks, new carpets and a redesigned information point will also be installed as part of the refurbishment by Hampshire County Council’s Library Service.
Councillor Andrew Gibson, Hampshire County Council’s Executive Member for Culture, Recreation and Countryside, said: “This is a really exciting time for Romsey Library as the work will give it a fresh modern feel, as well as open it up to new members of the community, thanks to a multi-functional meeting room. It will be our second library, after Petersfield, where couples can say I do.
“The top of the range self-service machines are much more user friendly than the previous ones and will enable customers to borrow, return and renew books and make card payments.
“This work is another example of our investment in the Library Service to meet the changing demands of our library customers.”
To ensure the improvements can be carried out as quickly as possible, the library will be closed from Monday 19 March, and reopening on Monday 9 April. Registration Service appointments to register a birth, death or give Notice of Marriage will continue to be offered throughout the closure period.
During this time, customers will be able to borrow up to 30 books and will not be subject to fines or charges. Nearby libraries at Chandler’s Ford and North Baddesley will be open as usual, and the increasingly popular e-book and e-magazine service is also available at www.hants.gov.uk/library.
Romsey Library is just one of the many libraries across the county that will benefit from the installation of new self service equipment. The kiosks 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.