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.
Waterlooville is designated as a key library.
There are no proposed changes.
There was a variety of comments including pleasure that there will be no changes to opening hours. 5 responses suggested that opening hours could be reduced at Waterlooville and there also views put forward on the use of volunteers.
Waterlooville Library is designated as a key library and no changes to opening hours are proposed.
Havant is designated as a medium library.
Of those who disagreed 48% wanted to retain at least one late night and 39% wanted to keep Sunday opening. There were a range of suggestions put forward on how to do this; 27% of the disagrees suggesting that the library should be closed on Wednesday rather than Sunday, or be closed on Wednesday to allow for later opening. 39% of people who disagreed suggested that opening hours should be adjusted across the week to allow for either late night or Sunday opening.
Opening later than 6pm is not possible due to the shopping centre opening hours. The two late nights until 6pm will be retained by adjusting to a more consistent 9.30am opening every morning..
Hayling Island is designated as a medium library.
9 (33%) of the responses disagreeing with the proposals wanted to keep the Friday late night by opening later in the morning whilst 5 people wanted to keep the Friday late night rather than the Monday late night.
As there was a low response rate and 59% of the responses received agreed with the change, the original proposed alteration will go forward for approval. Issue statistics indicate that both Monday and Friday late nights have a similar level of use.
Leigh Park is designated as a medium library.
Responses during consultation in October: 76% of people who disagreed wanted to keep at least one late night and of these 53% suggested doing this by closing earlier on Saturday.
Revised proposed changes were consulted on in November and December. This resulted in 84% agreement and few comments. Of the 135 responses received, only 13 people wanted to keep the Saturday afternoon opening.
As 84% of responses agreed with the revised proposed changes, these will go forward for approval.
Emsworth is designated a small library.
90% of responses who disagreed wanted to keep the late night; 36% suggested keeping a late night until 6pm, 49% wanted to retain the existing late night or said retain at least one night open to 7pm. 33% of those who disagreed suggested retaining the late night by opening later on one or more mornings. Staff feedback was also that working people would be disadvantaged by the loss of the late night.
Based on customer and staff feedback the late night will be retained by opening at 10 each morning except for Saturday.
Staff have suggested a possible alternative way of making the required savings at Emsworth whilst keeping the existing hours. We are trialling this for 6 months to be certain that it will work.