Library visits up in Winchester

<p>Early estimates from Hampshire County Council show big increases in library visitor and membership figures for the first six months since the Winchester Discovery Centre opened. The &pound;7m Centre is the second of the county&#39;s libraries to be rebranded as part of a controversial programme overseen by<br />director of recreation and heritage Yinnon Ezra.</p><p>The estimated figures show a 68% increase in visitor numbers on the same period in 2005/6, to 257,000, with stock issues put at 238,000 and described as &quot;significantly more than any other library in Hampshire&quot;. The estimated figures are extrapolated from previous months&#39; visitors. Confirmed figures are expected in June.</p>