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Visitors swarm to The Hive for opening week

Around 17,000 people visited Europe's first joint public and university library during its first week of opening.

The Hive, a partnership project between Worcestershire County Council and the University of Worcester, opened to the public on July 2. Figures show that people’s love for books remains strong as 13,300 were issued to the public and students during the week and a whopping 800 new members have signed up to be part of the library service.

The Hive opened with a specially composed fanfare and has hosted a range of events and performances to mark its unveiling including a promenade theatre performance, a Reading Relay and a student art exhibition. Her Majesty The Queen visited Worcester to officially open the building on July 11th.

The Hive brings together the public library, university library, archive and archaeology service and the Worcestershire Hub services together under one roof.

Laura Worsfold, Business Development Manager for The Hive, said: "It is wonderful to see The Hive welcoming so many visitors in its first week and we have been over-whelemed with all the positive feedback and resposnes to the building and everything we have to offer the public. The visitor numbers speak for themselves and we aim to bring in many more people to use our café, library, business suite and to learn and discover new things through events and activities that we hope will inspire and entertain.”

The Hive is open seven days a week from 08:30 am – 10:00 pm. The Worcestershire Hub is open from 09:00 – 5:00pm Monday to Friday and closed on weekends.