Li­braries on the up

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS -

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.”

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