SIGNALLING a “vibrant new chapter” for the local community, Totton Library has swung open its doors for the first time in three months, following a £362,000 revamp.

Undertaken by Hampshire County Council, the refurbishment includes the installation of self-service kiosks, two meeting rooms, and the additional availability of e-books and e-magazines.

Residents will also notice a modern look and feel to the library, thanks to the installation of new carpets and furniture, double glazed windows and a new boiler.

The council’s member for recreation and heritage, Seán Woodward, said: “We’ve made a significant investment of £362,000 to make it a modern, vibrant facility for all of the community to come and enjoy.

“There are now two multi-functional community rooms allowing the library to be used more flexibly and attract a wider range of customers.

“Also, the arrival of self-service kiosks is an exciting example of how modern technology will improve our customers’ experience, and free staff up to help customers in other ways.”

The works form part of the council’s Library Strategy – and a commitment to reinvest £500,000 a year, from the Book and Resources Fund, into libraries until 2020.

Council leader Roy Perry said: “These new and refurbished facilities will bring the library right up to date – ensuring it’s modern, vibrant and fit for the future.

“It’s another example of our investment in buildings and technology to meet the changing demands of library customers.”