Hampshire mobile library cuts to be ‘kept to the minimum’

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MOBILE library services that face being axed are hardly used at all, council leaders have stressed.

Hampshire County Council is considering removing 29 mobile library stops in the county.

The mobile library service currently stops at 363 locations around Hampshire, but 39 of these stops have fewer than two customers each, or even none.

Of the 39 under-used stops, it is proposed that 29, including the nothern parts of East Hampshire as well as the Winchester areas, are withdrawn.

The remaining ten – including Catherington and Knowle Village – would be retained.

Forty-one stops would remain in East Hampshire.

Councillor Keith Chapman, who oversees libraries, said: ‘There are now a number of options that will be considered that aim to redirect resources from those stops that were hardly ever used, so that they are put to better use, and help support those more popular stops. It is our aim however to keep any changes to a minimum.’