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The Hive Hits the Two Million Mark

Two years since the £60 million Hive opened in Worcester and the public and university library and history centre has reached another major milestone with two million visits.

The average number of visits per day to the iconic building stands at 2,595, an average of 924,877 visits a year, almost three times the average number of visits compared to the old Worcester Library, which stood at 330,694.

This is the second milestone The Hive has achieved in the second half of this year. In July it also issued its two millionth book, a romantic World War Two novel ‘Nine Days’ by Toni Jordan.

The new figures are a testament to The Hive’s ambition to inspire people to read for enjoyment and for education.

The Hive has a quarter of a million books, including University titles, 12 miles of archives and one of the largest children’s libraries in the UK. This unique collaboration placed The Hive as the first of its kind in Europe.

The jointly funded University of Worcester and Worcestershire County Council landmark building has had a big impact on students and the community and attracted thousands of people who may not have traditionally used a library. It has so far received and been shortlisted for 47 national and international awards; currently the University is shortlisted for The Times Higher Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Local Community through its part in the development – the second such award since winning the Guardian University Award for Contribution to the Local Community in 2013.

The synergy of the two organisations joining forces has brought benefits to both students and the public alike who can reap the benefits from The Hive’s collections and busy events calendar, which include professorial lectures, theatre productions from Birmingham REP and other established companies, poetry performances, exhibitions, business events and famous author and illustrator workshops.

The Hive was also selected as the starting point for stage 4 of the Tour of Britain this week.

Anne Hannaford, Director of Information and Learning Services at the University of Worcester, said: “These two fantastic milestones we have achieved for visiting and book borrowing have proven that The Hive has successfully accomplished our goal to provide an inspiring and new experience for both students and the public. The Hive has re-written the book on how a modern-day library can benefit society.

“The commitment from the University and the County Council has given our visitors some wonderful opportunities to share resources, expertise, and enjoy the many things The Hive has to offer.”

The Hive was opened in July 2012 by HM The Queen and later that year The Hive’s Children’s Library, which is one of the country’s largest, was officially opened by children’s author and former Children’s Laureate, Michael Rosen.

Kathy Kirk, Strategic Libraries and Learning Manager at Worcestershire County Council, said: “The Hive has a truly exciting programme of events for the whole community. People can spend a whole day exploring The Hive, from reading books to taking part in activities, looking through the County archives or researching information through our databases.

“The achievement of this amazing building has been recognised by numerous awards we have won for the design and use of the building, as well as its environmental credentials and the contribution The Hive makes to the community.

“The statistics for the two years that the building has been open shows the imaginative use of services have been a great success.”

The Hive is open seven days a week, 8.30am to 10pm.

If you would like to find out about future events at The Hive visit www.thehiveworcester.org.