We have a key library in each district council area across Hampshire. This library will be a central hub, supporting the smaller libraries in the district. Our goal is for the 11 key libraries to be open for at least 50 hours per week, 6 days a week.
The other libraries in each district have been designated as large, medium, small or neighbourhood. Each designation has a minimum number of opening hours and all will be closed at least one day a week.
Fareham is designated as a key library.
There are no proposed changes.
There were a variety of responses including pleasure that there will be no change to the hours at Fareham, displeasure at proposals to cut opening hours elsewhere, request for Sunday opening, request for opening on Christmas Eve, and a suggestion to reduce hours at the key libraries to keep Stanmore and North Baddesley open.
Fareham is designated as a key library and no changes to opening hours are proposed.
Lockswood is designated as a medium library.
No proposed changes.
The majority of the responses were pleased that there would be no change, but there were requests for longer opening hours and a comment that the library is too small
For its floor space Lockswood is the busiest library in Hampshire. The opening hours will not be reduced as currently they just meet the target set for a library of this category and it is already stretched beyond its physical capacity for customers.
Portchester is designated as a medium library.
Of the 14 responses which disagreed with the proposals, 64% wanted the library to remain open on Tuesday. There was no consensus on how to do this, but suggestions included closing the late night, closing over lunch and having two half days.
As there was a low number of responses and 76% of these agreed with the change, the original proposed alteration will go forward for approval.
Stubbington is designated as a medium library.
The views of those who disagreed with the proposals were equally split between wanting to retain Wednesday morning (39%) and wanting to retain the Friday late night (39%), but there was no consensus on how to achieve either.
As 71% of the responses agreed with the change, the original proposed alteration will go forward for approval.