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Hampshire County Council approves funding for library refurbishment

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Andover Library's getting a refurbishment, after funding for the project was given the green light.

Hampshire County Council's approved the awarding of £267,000 to carry out some internal work.

The cash is going towards a new community room, a larger children's library and new fixtures, fittings and equipment.

The project's going to include:

  • a larger children’s area to accommodate more activities
  • a new community room for hire
  • an accessible toilet
  • flexible spaces for new partners
  • upgraded, movable furniture to allow flexibility for events and activities
  • general redecoration, including energy efficient LED lighting
  • improvements to the customer entrance and reception area

Councillor Seán Woodward from Hampshire County Council said:

“These imminent changes at Andover Library will reaffirm its place at the heart of the community.

“The larger children’s area will mean a fantastic expansion of our current offerings, with babies, toddlers and youngsters enjoying more fun, free and paid-for activities.

“The library’s modernisation will mean it can be used by a broader mix of residents and organisations thanks to new spaces for hire, furniture which can be moved around more flexibly for events, and the removal of large counters to make better use of the public areas.

“The improvements will be phased in order to minimise disruption to customers.  We will need to operate a reduced service and different opening hours for the duration of the works, with the library fully closing from 1 to 7 October, and again in December until early 2019.

“During the refurbishment, popular Rhyme Time sessions will continue on a weekly basis, the customer reservation function will remain, and a smaller number of public computer terminals will be available.

“We would encourage customers to visit nearby branches such as Whitchurch, Library and Winchester and Basingstoke Discovery Centres, to look online for activities taking place at other libraries and also take full advantage of free online services which provide access to items including e-books and e-magazines.

“We look forward to revealing Andover Library’s fresh and modern makeover in the new year.”

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