Swan Centre Library reopens

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New look for Eastleigh's Swan Centre library.

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.

http://www3.hants.gov.uk/using-the-library/self-service.htm

Said one young user, Laura Slominski (aged 10), of the new system -‘It’s really cool!’

  3 comments for “Swan Centre Library reopens

  1. Peter Stewart
    April 25, 2010 at 9:01 am

    I wish we had kept our purpose built library in the recreation ground. Not only was there the pleasure of reading a newly borrowed book out in the open in delightful surroundings, but the people who planned, designed and built that library understood the importance of books and learned study as a national asset. There was a reference section where one could actually study in peace. The childrens’ section was located upstairs. There was no talking in the library. There were books on almost any subject you wanted. Learning was encouraged by being easy to access definitive books. I wish I could say that putting a library in a shopping centre was a good idea, but I can’t.

  2. Matthew Myatt
    April 25, 2010 at 9:36 pm

    I wish we had kept our purpose built library in the recreation ground. Not only was there the pleasure of reading a newly borrowed book out in the open in delightful surroundings, but the people who planned, designed and built that library understood the importance of books and learned study as a national asset. There was a reference section where one could actually study in peace. The childrens’ section was located upstairs. There was no talking in the library. There were books on almost any subject you wanted. Learning was encouraged by being easy to access definitive books. I wish I could say that putting a library in a shopping centre was a good idea, but I can’t.  (Quote)

    Peter, what a true word you speak sir. Just thinking of the old library and sitting in the park reading a new loan makes me think of warm summer days. I so wish the council had not closed it down and turned it into a dancing room. Thanks for the memory.

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    Eastleigh Xpress
    April 25, 2010 at 10:02 pm

    I wish we had kept our purpose built library in the recreation ground.Not only was there the pleasure of reading a newly borrowed book out in the open in delightful surroundings, but the people who planned, designed and built that library understood the importance of books and learned study as a national asset.There was a reference section where one could actually study in peace.The childrens’ section was located upstairs.There was no talking in the library.There were books on almost any subject you wanted.Learning was encouraged by being easy to access definitive books.I wish I could say that putting a library in a shopping centre was a good idea, but I can’t.  

    I can remember the hot summer of 1976 – going to the old library, borrowing Homer’s Odyssey
    and reading it in the park. You often saw people reading in the park in good weather if they had borrowed a good book and couldn’t wait till they got home!

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