THIS year is going to be particularly exciting.
On April 2 we reopen with self-service, which is a new offer for Gosport Discovery Centre.
Before that though we’re relocating our Hampshire naval collection into the local studies centre to make one combined special collection centre.
The local studies centre opposite the main building will become a combined centre for people wanting, for example, to trace their family tree who also have naval ancestors.
We’ll also be incorporating wi-fi, which is an important development.
We’ll be closed for two months – February and March – but our colleagues across the way at Search are opening up their building so we can hold our regular events there for all our clubs and societies that normally meet in the Discovery Centre and can’t because we’re having the flooring replaced.
The main focus is to bring in self-service but the flooring has become quite worn.
It’s coming up to eight years in March, so all the lino is being replaced.
Then there will be the self-service installed and also we’re reorganising the main structure of the library, so we’ve looked at the need for us to expand our fiction section.
More people are borrowing fiction than non-fiction, so to reflect that we’ll be expanding the fiction section in the ground floor and the popular cafe too.
We’ll also be expanding the children’s library, from the ground floor to the first floor.
n Elson Library will have extended opening hours during February and March, open on Wednesday from 9.30am to 5pm and Saturday from 9.30am to 4pm.