HAMPSHIRE’S first community-run library has opened.

County council leader Ken Thornber opened Stanmore Community Library at The Carroll Centre in Somers Close, Winchester.

Centre staff have been working on the project for a year after the county closed Stanmore’s previous branch in December after deciding it was underused.

The county invested £30,000 in refurbishing the building and buying its books.

The previous branch in Wavell Way was one of the smallest in Hampshire, costing £36,000 per year to run, with an average of 106 borrowers a month.

Volunteers have been recruited to run the library while it also has a self-service machine.

The new library is open from 10am to 2.30pm from Monday to Friday, except on Wednesdays when it closes at the later time of 5pm.