Mansfield Library visitor numbers double after £3.4 refurbishment

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There has been a major rise in the popularity of Mansfield Library since it re-opened after a £3.4m refurbishment in January – with mew member figures more than doubling.

There were 1,381 new members to the new-look library in West Gate, Mansfield in January and February, compared to 497 in the same two-month period in 2010. (The library site was closed in 2011 during the refurbishment).

And the number of book issues over the last two months has been recorded as 52,598 – up on 31,688 during January and February 2010.

Across the county, more than 80,000 people visit libraries in Nottinghamshire each week, according to Nottinghamshire County Council.

And 50 per cent of residents own a library card in the county too – indicating the popularity of libraries in Notts on World Book Day – designated by UNESCO as a worldwide celebration of books and reading, and celebrated in over 100 countries all over the world.

Coun John Cottee, Cabinet Member for Culture and Community at Nottinghamshire County Council said: “As we celebrate World Book Day, the attendance at our libraries and the success of Mansfield Library since January reaffirms our commitment to the library service and demonstrates how the community values its libraries. We are especially pleased with the figures at Mansfield Library and hope people are enjoying the new facilities.”

The library has been completely transformed as part of the council’s new 10-year Library Strategy to make the county’s libraries centres of learning, discovery and interest for our communities.

There are many other things of interest for the whole family which prove the library is more than just a library which include a computer area with free wi-fi and internet access; dedicated children’s, local studies and professional gallery areas, a Discovery Room for courses and training, a new theatre space and thousands of books for all ages.

A number of key community groups have also been able to have behind the scenes tours of the library recently part of the Four Seasons Shopping Centre in West Gate, including local schools.