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Hive's Final Celebration for 2013

The Hive celebrates a successful year as it is named the second busiest library in the UK.

Figures published this week by the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA) show that amid closures of public libraries The Hive has beaten the downward trend of visits to libraries.

The reinvention of the traditional library may be a part of The Hive’s success. It is the first of its kind in Europe to house a fully-integrated public and University library. Located inside is a dynamic Children’s library with one of the largest collections of children’s books in the country, as well as the Worcestershire Archive & Archaeology Service, the Worcestershire Hub Customer Service Centre and a business centre.

All of The Hive facilities are available for both students and the public, and it runs a variety of weekly and special events to fulfil the needs of the community.

Commenting on the figures, Anne Hannaford, Director of Information and Learning Services at the University of Worcester, said: “This is a further fantastic achievement to end 2013 for The Hive. Its success has been proven throughout the year with receiving many awards, including The Guardian University Awards, Outstanding Library Team in the Times Higher Leadership and Management Awards and three awards from the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA).

“Our vision for The Hive has always been to create an inspiring place to visit and it has fulfilled that goal. The Hive has re-interpreted access to learning for all.”

Kathy Kirk, Head of Libraries and Learning at Worcestershire County Council, added: “2013 has been an incredible year of achievements for The Hive. In July it celebrated its first year anniversary, its millionth book loan and millionth visit, it has received and been short listed for over 40 awards and now in its first full year of being open it is recorded as the second busiest library in the UK. It is an outstanding example of the benefits a library can bring to society.”