Fleet Library to be modernised as part of major refurbishment



Fleet Library will be modernised as part of a major refurbishment by Hampshire County Council to create more vibrant, welcoming and relevant public spaces.

The library in Fleet Road will be closed temporarily for the works as part of a commitment made within the Library Strategy to reinvest £500,000 a year from the Book Fund until 2020 into library buildings and technology.

Councillor Andrew Gibson, the County Council’s Executive Member for Culture, Recreation and Countryside, said: “The new and refurbished facilities will add so much more to Fleet Library, which already plays a vital role in the community and offers so many valuable services to our residents. It is important that we invest in our buildings and meet the changing demands of customers and make the most of emerging technology. During the temporary closure, customers at Fleet will be given extended loan periods for their books, as well as the usual option to use services online or from neighbouring libraries to help avoid any inconvenience.”

Fleet Library will close from 30 January and re-open on or around 18 April. The works will include refurbishment of the ground floor and partial works to the first floor, including self-service technology for book borrowing. A new accessible toilet will be installed on the ground floor and a new entrance built as customers currently can only access the library via the Harlington Centre.

The Library will also have a new space kitted out with IT, coding tools and equipment to help customers develop new skills which will make them more digitally aware and confident in using new technology. The space will be launched shortly after the Library has re-opened and if successful will be used as a model for future Libraries. 

Customers will be able to borrow extra books prior to 30 January, and books will not be subject to fines or charges during the period of closure. Nearby libraries also remain available, and the increasingly popular e-book and e-magazine service is also available at www.hants.gov.uk/library