Proposals for the future of Kingsclere Library

Hampshire County Council has to make budget savings of 12% by April 2015 and all departments are affected. The Library Service has reviewed various options and proposes to make the required savings through a further management restructure, a reduction to the mobile library service, including Family Library Link, and a change to the way library services are provided in Grayshott, Kingsclere and Milford on Sea. We understand and regret that some customers will be affected, but we believe this option will have the least impact on our customers and the service overall.

What does this mean for Kingsclere Library?

The Library Service is keen to enter into discussions with local groups or organisations who might be interested in taking over full responsibility for the running of Kingsclere Library.

If there is no interest from the community in running the library then from January 2015 the library service to Kingsclere will be provided through a mobile library, visiting the village for half a day each week. This is dependent on a suitable location being found for the mobile library stop.

Why has Kingsclere Library been selected for change?

We realise that all our libraries are much loved by their customers but Kingsclere Library is under used. The various factors taken into consideration in selecting Kingsclere Library include

  • On average only 25 items are issued per opening hour
  • On average there are only 12 people visiting per opening hour, the lowest for any Hampshire Library
  • Only 11% of the people who live in Kingsclere ward use the library
  • On average only 190 people per month borrow items from the library
  • It has low opening hours (13.5 hours per week) and there is no funding available to increase these
  • The library needs improvements but the limitations of the building (part of the community centre) restrict what can be done, even if funding was available
  • The lease is up for renewal in 2014

What happens next?

Consultation on the two alternative ways of providing a library service ran from 3 February 2014 to Friday 2 May 2014 and we would like to thank everyone who submitted responses. The responses received are being taken into consideration during the review of the propose changes in May 2014 and an update will be available later in 2014.

If your local group or organisation is interested in exploring the opportunity to take over full responsibility for Kingsclere Library please contact Alec Kennedy, Head of Library Operations  (alec.kennedy@hants.gov.uk).

Full details of Hampshire Library Service’s proposals to make budget savings