Eastleigh Public Library in the Swan Centre reopened today following its four month long refit. The interior space and layout has been redesigned and there is new shelving and equipment on display.
However, the most radical change is that the issue and return of books are no longer handled by librarians wielding date stamps.
Instead there are high tech ‘self service’ kiosks which can scan your books for you and manage the payment of fines.
While previously a librarian would stamp the return date into the book, you can now have a receipt showing the return date printed out.
While borrowers get used to the new system, Librarians will be on hand to help guide them through the process.
There is also a short video guide on the library website.
Said one young user, Laura Slominski (aged 10), of the new system -‘It’s really cool!’