Record breaking start for library 1.02.11
Sutton's newest public library has enjoyed a record-breaking start.
The facility at the Sutton Life Centre has seen more than 20,000 visitors go through its doors in its first three months, double the normal which visited its predecessor at Ridge Road in the same period the previous year.
In the three months from October to December last year, 13,000 books were issued – a 20 per cent increase on the previous year in Ridge Road, with 8,500 of these books issued to children.
The library is open for an average of 42 hours longer a week than its predecessor thanks to the electronic self check-out machines, which enable it to open for extended hours, every day of the week.
Cllr Graham Tope, Sutton Council's Executive Member for Community Safety, Leisure and Libraries, said: "It's very pleasing that so many people are enjoying the facilities at our newest library.
"It comes at a time when many other councils are shutting down their libraries. This shows what can be achieved with a little bit of imagination."
The library also houses a series of classes and clubs, including a craft club, computer courses, song and rhyme times for children, a Scrabble club and councillor surgeries.
Future events include a Family History Event for beginners on 8 February and outdoor events in the eco garden when the weather improves.
A café, run by national charity Hft, has also opened, giving people with learning disabilities from Sutton and the surrounding boroughs the opportunity to work in the community and to gain valuable work experience.
Last updated: Tuesday, 08 March 2011