A HAMPSHIRE library has reopened following a £30,000 refurbishment project.

Lockswood Library, in Locks Heath, was shut for more than a month while work was undertaken by Hampshire County Council.

Now dubbed as a “modern and versatile space”, the library offers self-service technology kiosks, new mobile shelving – which means that the area can be redesigned for events, new furniture and a brighter environment.

Speaking about the project, the authority’s recreation and heritage boss, Councillor Seán Woodward, said: “Residents in the Lockswood area are set to benefit from some exciting improvements at the library.

“Customers can now quickly and easily borrow, renew and return items thanks to the installation of self-service technology kiosks. This frees up our skilled staff to focus on helping with more complex queries.

“Alongside the arrival of the latest technology, we’ve updated the facilities with fresh decoration and new carpets.

“We’re committed to ensuring our libraries keep pace with the needs of customers, and continue to thrive as popular venues for learning, study and community activities. We’re working hard to transform many library interiors so that the spaces can be used in the most broad and flexible ways, including children’s activities, events and interest groups.”

This investment in Lockswood Library forms part of the Library Service’s Strategy to 2020 and a commitment from the county council to reinvest £500,000 a year, from the Development Fund, until 2019, into library buildings and technology.