Chineham Library Expands Activities
Cllr Elaine Still, Lodden Division Hampshire County Councillor, visiting the ‘LOVE READING’ display at Chineham Library with Cllr Andrew Gibson Executive Member for Culture, Recreation & Countryside.
Hampshire County Council is NOT closing Libraries but developing the Libraries into community hubs and this strategy is underpinned by investment in Libraries. Chineham Library is a highly regarded Library and will benefit from investment in new mobile book shelves which allow the Library to be able to take on yet more Community activities. Over the last year the Library has become a Community Hub with Southern Health holding Public Health such session as Baby weighing and the Library staff organising the very popu-lar Chatterbooks for young children, Toddlers Storytime and many other activities. The new investment will allow the Library shelves to be moved to the sides of the room to allow the space to be used for a range of Community activities.
Currently only 50% of our 48 libraries have self service technology and, over the next 12 months, we are planning to install self service technology in all our libraries as part of a modernisation programme. We are also looking at the possibility of developing what is called an Open Library Programme whereby we utilise appropriate digital technology to expend library opening hours without the associated staffing costs, that is letting our customers use their local library when our staff aren’t there, thereby extending opening hours.