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Visitors to Wembley Library 150 per cent higher ‘compared’ to last year

PUBLISHED: 13:56 21 October 2013 | UPDATED: 13:56 21 October 2013

Visitors to Wembley Library are up by 150 per cent compared to its counterpart in the old town hall (pic credit: Jan Nevill)

Visitors to Wembley Library are up by 150 per cent compared to its counterpart in the old town hall (pic credit: Jan Nevill)

Copyright: Mr. Jan Nevill

The number of visitors to Wembley Library is 150 per cent higher than users at the old Town Hall branch, according to figures released today.

The new library, located in the £90m civic centre in Engineers Way, attracted 146,367 people through their doors between July and September compared to 59,256 at the old branch in Forty Avenue during the same period last year.

The number of books being loaned has also increased during that period from 28,607 at the old branch to 52,016 at the state-of-the art reading room.

The library, which opened on June 17, also offers visitors free Wi-Fi, use of iPads, DVDs, online magazines and free internet access.

It is open seven days a week.

Cllr Roxanne Mashari, Brent Council’s lead member for environment and neighbourhoods, said: “Gone are the days of silent, stuffy reading rooms that only open from to five, Monday to Friday. Today’s Brent libraries are cutting edge schools of learning and fun which embrace modern technology and have adapted to fit the busy lifestyles of local residents.

“The huge increase in the number of people coming through the doors and the ever increasing membership is a testament to the root and branch reforms undertaken over the last few years. The library service is now fitter and healthier than it ever was and has thrown open its doors to a whole new generation of users.”


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