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Hampshire County Council reveal their changes to the library service

Yesterday, Hampshire County Council (HCC) revealed their plans following a survey on changes to the library service including proposals to close up to ten libraries.

They have now confirmed that eight libraries are due to close on 1st January 2021. Sadly, two of these are local (Odiham and South Ham) and will close unless local voluntary groups wish to turn them into Community Libraries (HCC will support those wishing to do so). Chineham has been spared albeit with reduced opening hours.

A second public consultation will be launched on 3 August 2020, to confirm the actual opening times at each of the councils forty libraries.

For more information on their decision please go to

Your nearest libraries (if Odiham and South Ham don’t become Community Libraries) will be :
Discovery Centre (Festival Place)

Hampshire will continue to provide their eBook, eAudiobook and eMagazine services via their BorrowBox and RBdigital UK apps.