Hampshire libraries prepare to open as number of digital users soars

Hampshire libraries will be welcoming back book-lovers next week.

Use of digital services has increased during the lockdown. More than 3,000 people have been using the council's new click and collect service over the last few weeks.

The number of people using digital services has risen during lockdown

From Monday 6th July customers will be allowed up to 30 minutes browsing time per visit in person. Social distancing restrictions will be in force.

Libraries in Hampshire will open from Monday 6th July

Customers are being asked to use self-service machines to borrow or return items where possible or download the new Spydus Mobile app to check out books by mobile phone.

Late fees will remain frozen until the start of August. Computers will be free of charge, but sessions must be booked in advance. And toilets remain closed.

The county council is due to consider proposals about the future of the county's libraries at the end of the month.

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The authority announced the proposals in January in order to make £1.7 million in savings.

But campaigners say the plans would be disastrous for local communities and affect children's learning.