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One million books and counting!

The Hive has reached a new milestone, as the one millionth book issue was recorded just weeks ahead of its first birthday.

The title of the issued item was 'Why Love Matters: How Affection Shapes a Baby’s Brain'. University of Worcester student Alison Barrett was the user who hit the million mark and has been invited to take part in next Thursday's celebrations marking the official first anniversary.

Jointly run by Worcestershire County Council and the University of Worcester, The Hive provides students and members of the public with access to a quarter of a million books.

Books, of course, are the tip of the iceberg as members also utilise the extensive collection of journals, CDs, DVDs and the twelve miles of archive collections available online.

68,057 books, CDs and DVD have been borrowed during this month alone, with the most popular adult authors including American thriller writer James Patterson, novelist Nora Roberts and crime writer M.C Beaton.

Children's writer Dame Jacqueline Wilson, who visited The Hive in October for the University of Worcester Beeline Storytelling Festival, is the third most borrowed Junior Fiction author for her first Hetty Feather book. Her book Lily Alone is the second most issued Junior Fiction title.

Kathy Kirk, Strategic Libraries and Learning Manager for Worcestershire Libraries and Learning Services, said: "The Hive has reached a fantastic milestone. The feedback has been wonderful and our members are always telling us how much they value the range and depth of materials that are available."

Anne Hannaford, Director of Information and Learning Services at the University, said: “It is a wonderful milestone to reach, and we are also now very close now to our millionth visitor after just one year of opening the doors. By 1st July over 950,000 visits had been made to The Hive, and we are all looking forward to a happy second year.”

Since opening in July 2012, 1,290 young people aged between 11 and 16 have signed up to become a member of the library at The Hive. In the same period the year before at Worcester Library (July 2011 – January 2012), 100 young people joined the library service, increasing The Hive membership 12 fold in this age category.

In recent months, the £60 million state-of-the-art building scooped three prestigious awards from the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) in recognition for its architectural excellence, as well as achieving two national newspaper awards, The Guardian University Award for Contribution to the Local Community and The Times Higher Leadership and Management Award for Outstanding Library Team.

Since the library was opened by HM The Queen in July last year, The Hive has welcomed an extraordinary 18,000 new members through its doors.