Ranil Jayawardena, M.P. is delighted that Fleet library is to undergo significant refurbishment this year. The improvements include an independent entrance, new self-service equipment and an extension to the much loved children’s library. In addition, a cutting edge DigiLab is to be installed, equipped with I.T and coding equipment. Digital volunteers are being trained to encourage digital awareness and confidence, particularly among children.
The work is due to start on 30th January 2017 and the library will be closed for approximately 11 weeks. While the library itself will be closed, the online services run by Fleet Library will remain available to the public. These include the increasingly popular e-book and e-magazine service. Customers will also be able to borrow extra books before the closure and no books will be due back during this period.
Fleet is one of the first libraries to benefit from the funding provided by the Hampshire Library Service Transformation Strategy to 2020. This is a significant investment into local services and will hopefully benefit many more libraries in the area over the next few years.
Ranil Jayawardena, M.P. commented:
“It is fantastic to see investment in our local libraries. Fleet library is at the heart of the community and will be thoroughly missed while the refurbishment is carried out. When it reopens however, the many new services will definitely have been worth the wait!”