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Alton Library open for an extra half day a week

Thursday, 06 March 2014

Alton Library will stay open for an extra half day a week after it reopened to customers on Thursday 6 March, World Book Day.

The library had been closed for a couple of weeks for refurbishment and the installation of self-service technology.

The installation of self service kiosks frees up staff time to help customers with their enquiries and enables the staff to work more flexibly and open the library for longer hours.

The Library will now open from 9.30am to 1pm every Wednesday as requested by local people in addition to its previous opening hours at no extra cost to the staffing budget.

Hampshire County Council's Executive Member for Culture and Recreation, Councillor Keith Chapman, said: "Alton Library is a key part of Hampshire's Library Service which is why we have spent £100,000 in improving facilities for customers and establishing it as a real community hub. As well as self service being installed, a new community room has been created offering a venue for hire and for the running of classes. Hampshire has one of the largest library services in the whole of the UK and offers so much more than many people realise. Libraries and Discovery Centres are a great resource for local residents, not only as a place to read, but also as a platform for encouraging knowledge, creativity and socialising.

"As people's needs evolve, so will our Library Service, so that we are continuing to bring new and improved services to everyone in Hampshire."

Library card holders can also reserve and borrow books online as well download e-books and use the online reference resources on the library website.

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