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To: Councillor Sean Woodward Hampshire Councillor
Do not withdraw funding for Kingsclere Community Library
Please do not withdraw council funding from Kingsclere Community Library
Why is this important?
Kingsclere Community Library has been run by volunteers for nearly 5 years with some funding from Hampshire County Council which they are now proposing to withdraw, leaving the library to be run entirely by volunteers. This would seriously affect the quality of the service we could offer. We would lose 2 hours' support per week from Tadley library, with no delivery of reserved books or new books, no RFID machine, no GoOnline computer and no free Wi-Fi.
74% of our users rely on our library for their books and do not use any other library. The nearest libraries either have inadequate or no public transport (Overton and Tadley) or involve a long bus journey and a long walk (Basingstoke). A lot of people – particularly older library users and families with young children – would find it difficult or even impossible to travel out of the village to another library.