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600,000 visitors through the doors of The Hive

224 days since opening, The Hive is well on its way to achieving its 1 million visitor mark after welcoming its 600,000th visitor.

January was one of the busiest months for the building, which was a joint initiative between Worcestershire County Council and the University of Worcester, with nearly 82,000 visitors through the door. That took the overall number of visitors since opening from 500,000 to 600,000 in 38 open days.

The combined public and university resources, with around 275,000 books as well as an extensive collection of journals, CDs and DVDs has been hugely popular with 645,000 items issued already and an impressive 14,000 new people joined up since the opening in July last year. Unique computer usage is averaging 650 people per day used by both university students and the public.

The Worcestershire Hub Customer Service Centre has helped nearly 48,000 people since opening who have been visiting to access council services or receiving advice from one of the customer service advisors.

The County's Archives and Archaeology service has attracted many new customers. A recent survey held by the archive team at The Hive revealed 58% of customers had been visiting for less than a year, 63% were finding out more about family their family history and a brilliant 99% agreed the Archive Service is good or very good.

Open for just over 7 months, this partnership project between Worcestershire County Council and the University of Worcester is well on its way to meeting its target of 1 million visitors during its first year of opening.

Laura Worsfold, Business Development Manager for The Hive, said: "The Hive has become an inspiring place that everyone in the local community can enjoy. We have a fantastic facility, a great range of services and an exciting programme of events all under one roof. Itís wonderful to have seen so many people through the doors in such a relatively short period of time."

Anne Hannaford, Director of Information and Learning Services at the University, said: "To have reached 600,000 visitors in a little over seven months is wonderful and Iím confident we will hit 1 million by the first anniversary. Just as was the vision for the building, The Hive has been attracting people from all ages and walks of life who are discovering new things and sharing a passion for learning. We are absolutely thrilled."