Support your local libraries!

In this increasingly screen based world, there’s little more satisfying than switching all the technology off and settling down in a comfy chair to turn the pages of a real book. As Cicero once wrote, “A room without books is like a body without a soul”.

Continuing that theme, a town without a library doesn’t really bear thinking about. Changes are afoot in the Hampshire Library service. Take a look at the map:

Earmarked for potential closure are ten of the Tier 2 and 3 libraries, of which Emsworth is the most local at risk. However, we’d suggest that only the ‘Tier 1’ libraries on that map are safe from eventual closure and would encourage people to get back into the habit of using them.

Given the growth in population expected over the next 15 years, we would strongly support the view that Havant and Waterlooville should both be ‘Tier 1’ libraries and should both be protected as assets for our growing communities.

Hampshire County Council is asking people who live, work and study in Hampshire to have their say on proposed changes to libraries. Drop-in and have an informal chat with the County Council staff leading the consultation on Tuesday 4th February between 2:00pm and 5:00pm. If you can’t be there in person, read the details on their website by clicking here.

If you want to jump straight to the heart of the matter, please take this link to respond to the consultation questionnaire.