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Worcester Library gears up for

Worcester Library gears up for move to The Hive

Worcester City Library is making final preparations to move to Europe's first fully integrated university and public library, The Hive.

The library on Foregate Street is closing on Saturday 2 June when the remainder of the book stocks and other resources will be moved across to the iconic new building on Sawmill Drive, The Butts.

Since May 19 staff have been operating a reduced 'mini service' as part of a phased closure designed to ensure the minimum level of disruption to library users. The 'mini service' has meant that residents could access a limited stock of books to take out. The mini service will continue until Saturday (2 June) at 5.30pm.

The library's new home at The Hive, will be packed full of 250,000 books and the largest collection of CDs, DVDs, audio books in the county. It will also be home to the county's Archives and Archaeology Service, one of the largest children's libraries in the UK, a business centre and the Hub Customer Service Centre.

Although the library will be moving, Worcester Art Gallery and Museum, which currently shares the same building in Foregate Street, will be staying. It will continue to be home to a range of exciting art exhibitions and collections which help bring the history of Worcester to life.

John Campion, Worcestershire County Council's Cabinet Member for Localism and Communities said: "This is an exciting time for Worcester as the opening of The Hive gets closer. Residents who have previously used Worcester City Library will benefit from a much larger range of resources and facilities. The Foregate Street building has been a great host to the library service in Worcester over a number of years, which has served the community exceptionally well. We now turn the page to the next chapter and wait in anticipation and excitement at the opening of The Hive that is set to be an incredible resource to the people of Worcester, the county and beyond."

For more information about The Hive visit: For more on the exhibitions and displays at Worcester City Art Gallery and Museum visit:

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