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Exeter's refurbished library attracts nearly 800 new members in two weeks

By Exeter Express and Echo  |  Posted: June 14, 2014

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EXETER’S readers have always loved their Central Library – and now it seems that they love it even more after its £4.1m re-fit. During the first 16 days since Exeter Library re-opened following its major refurbishment, crowds have been flocking to see the improvements for themselves. Between May 22 and June 7, visitor numbers reached nearly 40,000 – an average 2,491 visits per day – which is an increase of 50 per cent on visitor numbers over the same period in 2010/11, prior to refurbishment. The council suspects that the huge jump in numbers reflects an initial rush of interest as visitors want to see the new library. The busiest day, Friday 30 May, saw a staggering 3,565 visitors to the library, which is a record for Exeter and indeed any of the county council’s libraries –729 new members have joined the library, with nearly a third of them under the age of 18. Nearly 30,000 items have been issued, which is about 10 per cent of all issues from Devon’s 50 libraries. Nearly half of those from Exeter have been children’s stock. A spokesman for the county council said: “Feedback from visitors has been very positive. “The new children’s library is proving extremely popular as parents and children are enjoying the open space and seating areas. “The café is seeing a regular flow of customers with visitors making good use of the open doors through to Rougemont Gardens.”

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  • RAMBO1945  |  June 15 2014, 3:57AM

    Well I am registered blind, and at a group meeting many many months ago we were asked what would be good to assist people like myself in colours and sign positions and floor colour. Well I went there last week and not one of our recommendations was acted on. The place is uninviting, stark and very poorly laid out. As 'Exeter Guy' says. where did all that money go. I know a councilor was very upset that this money, gained from the sale of Exeter airport was bought to the fore. it was obvious he wanted it to go elsewhere and to me it seems he got some of his way.

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  • Exeterguy  |  June 14 2014, 11:04PM

    The mother and toddler room is very badly sited, making much of the building very noisy. Over £4 million spent and no air conditioning installed begs the question of exactly where the money went. Much reduced library now squeezed between a coffee bar and and a play room - disappointing. I like the new entrance into Rougemont Gardens but little else about this project.

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