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100,000 visitors through the doors of The Hive

100,000 people have visited Worcestershire's flagship building in the 6 weeks since its opening.

The Hive opened its doors on 2nd July 2012 and Her Majesty the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh officially opened the building on 11th July. Located in The Butts in Worcester, it welcomed 17,000 people during the first week alone and is well on its way to meeting its target of 1 million visitors during its first year of opening.

A partnership between Worcestershire County Council and the University of Worcester, The Hive is quickly becoming a leading community and cultural destination for the county, as well as attracting visitors from across the UK.

The Hive is the first joint public and university library in Europe and is home to around 275,000 books as well as an extensive collection of journals, CDs and DVDs. The library has been hugely popular with 87,200 items issued already and an impressive 4531 new people joining up.

Customers interested in the history of the County have also been flocking to Explore the Past in The Hive, using the County Archives and Archaeology resources. During the first month of opening 48% of those using the archives were doing so for the first time, and visits to the Archaeology team were 266% higher than the number of visits during last month prior to the move.

In the first six weeks of opening, the Worcestershire Hub Customer Service Centre has seen over 11,200 customers. The main reason is for making payments or to enquire about Housing Benefit, Housing, Council Tax, Blue Badge and Concessionary Fares. Visitors to the Hub have also had the opportunity to access the many other services The Hive has to offer.†

Kathy Kirk, Libraries and Learning Manager at Worcestershire County Council, said: "It is wonderful to see The Hive welcoming so many visitors at this very exciting time. We have been overwhelmed with the positive feedback about the building and all the wonderful services on offer to the public. With a superb 100,000 visitors through the doors and 360 children joining the Summer Reading Challenge already, The Hive has truly come alive."

Anne Hannaford, the University of Worcesterís Director of Information and Learning Services, said: "We want The Hive to be an inspiring place that everyone in the local community can enjoy. Itís wonderful to have seen so many people through the doors in the first few weeks. We are also very much looking forward to welcoming University of Worcester students to The Hive this September, who will benefit from the resources, placement and volunteering opportunities afforded by this exceptional facility."

Debbie Birch, Worcestershire County Council's Heritage, Arts and Music Services Manager, said: "Locating the Archive and Archaeology service with the library and Hub resources at The Hive has brought historical research into the heart of the city and the county, and we are thrilled that visitors, new and old, are embracing history with such enthusiasm."

Rachel Hill, Head of Customer Service for the Worcestershire Hub, added: "We are very excited to be part of this new iconic building. Our customers visit the Customer Service Centre to access a wide range of council services. What's more, they can now benefit from the full extent of activities and services on offer at The Hive."