Borrowers flock to new Exeter library
EXETER Central Library's temporary home is proving a hit with book lovers, according to the county council.
The library has been open for just over a month in its temporary home in Castle Street and has been attracting almost 1,000 people a day.
Central Library's books, CDs DVDs and computers have been re-homed while it undergoes a multimillion-pound revamp.
The temporary library opened in December and since then more than 25,000 books have been loaned and the library's programme of regular events and activities which continue at the temporary location, have been well attended.
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Users of the library have told staff they are pleased with the temporary arrangements, especially teenagers who now have their own space to sit, read and use the internet and families with children have been enjoying the regular Bounce and Rhyme and story time sessions in the spacious children's section.
The upstairs reading area is popular with those wanting to sit somewhere quiet with a newspaper and the public access PCs continue to be well used.
The Hoskins Room, which is available for groups to hire and can accommodate 60 people, already has bookings.
Cllr Roger Croad, Devon's cabinet member with responsibility for the library service, said: "I am really pleased that residents have been supportive of the library's temporary home.
"The fact that so many people have visited since we reopened at the start of December shows that moving the library temporarily into the Castle Street building provides the perfect solution. It is ideally located right next door, and offers best value for money while continuing to offer a range of library services in the city centre, which is great news."
The 2013 Exeter Live programme of literary events will launch on Tuesday, January 15, with an evening with Devon writer Belinda Seaward. Belinda's most recent book, The Beautiful Truth, is set partly in wartime Poland.
Devon-based children's author and former policeman Ian Thomas will be at the library on January 19 to talk about his latest book Emily and Her Pharaoh – The Dress.
The ever popular Woolly Wonders knitting group meets on January 22 at 2pm.
The library also hosts Books and Buggies, a relaxed reading group for people looking after small children.
The next meeting is on February 7 at 10.30am. The book they will be talking about is The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce, while children can enjoy the latest selection of picture books.