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New look Petersfield Library reopens

Wednesday 31 July 2013

Customers visiting Petersfield Library can now enjoy the benefits of an extensively refurbished facility thanks to Hampshire County Council.

The library reopened to customers on Tuesday 30 July and which now offers access to modern, bright and welcoming facilities that better meet people's needs in future. Wi- fi has been installed, and the layout of the library has improved along with changes to shelving and new furniture. The Children's Library has been refurbished and self-service equipment has been installed to free up staff to help customers with their enquiries.

In addition, opening hours have been extended so that the library will open earlier at 9am on Fridays, and stay open for longer until 5pm on Saturdays.

In addition to these improvements to the library itself, the existing Tourist Information Centre has been incorporated into the library enquiry/helpdesk and a Register Office and ceremony room will open in September in the library, having moved from Old Churchers College. This is part of a wider strategy to rationalise County Council buildings across the county.

Councillor Keith Chapman, Hampshire County Council's Executive Member for Culture, Recreation and Countryside, said: "Petersfield library is one of Hampshire's busiest libraries and is a key library for East Hampshire, which is why we have made a considerable investment of £200,000 in improving facilities for customers and establishing it as a real central hub for the community.

"Hampshire has one of the largest library services in the whole of the UK and offers so much more than many people realise. Our 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."

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