Hampshire County Council's Executive Member for Culture, Recreation and Countryside, Councillor Andrew Gibson, said: “Gosport’s Discovery Centre is already a thriving community venue offering library services, community spaces and a café. By relocating more services to this popular venue, we are able to give local people more of the things they need under one roof, and get maximum use out of the building.
“I’m looking forward to seeing our customers return to the new-look facilities later in the summer. Our priority has been to ensure the majority of the building work can be completed in June and July, enabling us to reopen the library for the school summer holiday, and welcome the many children who will be taking on the Summer Reading Challenge this year.”
The work will involve closing the Discovery Centre on Monday 4 June 2018 and re-opening on Saturday 14 July 2018. Some work to the building will continue beyond this date but should not impact significantly on library customers.
This project, costing £700,000, forms part of the County Council’s ‘Community Hubs’ strategy, and the Library Service’s Strategy to 2020, which both aim to make better use of public buildings, providing modern, vibrant community spaces for residents to enjoy. Several libraries around Hampshire are already hosting additional complementary services, such as Register Offices and Citizens Advice Bureaux.
Before the six-week closure, additional items can be borrowed by library customers, and no items on loan will be due back during the closure period. Customers will be welcome to use other nearby libraries, and the e-books and e-resources available on the library website. Renewals and reservations will still be available through self-service on the website and through the Council’s telephone contact centre. Customers needing to Register Births, Deaths or give Notice of Marriage/Civil Partnership can make an appointment at any one of 15 offices within Hampshire, the nearest office to Gosport being Fareham.
To keep updated on progress at the Discovery Centre, please visit:
Gosport Discovery Centre website
Gosport Discovery Centre Facebook page