Libraries on the up
LIBRARIES across Hillingdon are being visited more than ever following a £10million refurbishment programme.
Hillingdon Council said its libraries were visited more than 1.9million times in 2014, an increase of 33 per cent since the refurbishment.
The council spent the year to April 2014 improving 17 of its libraries in what it claims was the only project of its kind in the UK.
Since then membership has increased by 14 per cent since and borrowing is up three per cent, with 1.3m books and other items checked out in 2014.
Councillor Douglas Mills, cabinet member for community, commerce and regeneration, said: “We are the only council in the country to have rebuilt or refurbished all of its libraries. We appreciate how much these facilities mean to our residents, which is why we chose to invest in the service, rather than making cuts.”