Libraries in county set for scrutiny by team

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LIBRARIES in the area are set to come under the spotlight.

A team of seven people from Hampshire County Council is due to be set up to write a new strategy for libraries.

The group will look at the county’s 48 libraries, three Discovery Centres and four mobile library vehicles.

The setting-up of the group is due to be agreed at the Culture and Communities Select Committee on May 8.

A report says nothing is ‘off limits’ to the team.

The library service employs 600 staff, had 6m visits in 2013-14 and issued 6.9m books and other resources.

It has a budget of £12.97m for 2014-15.

The task force is due to come up with a vision and strategy for 2015-2020 by early 2015.

The report said: ‘The focus of the work will be to determine what constitutes an “efficient and effective” library service in the 21st century.’

The group will visit libraries in and outside the county.