Hitchin Library thrilled after 21st-century revamp

PUBLISHED: 16:14 14 February 2018 | UPDATED: 16:14 14 February 2018

Bekah Nicolas (third from right) with some of her staff inside the newly refurbished Hitchin Library. Picture: Danny Loo

Bekah Nicolas (third from right) with some of her staff inside the newly refurbished Hitchin Library. Picture: Danny Loo

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The team at Hitchin Library are thrilled to have turned the page into a new era with a 21st-century revamp of the site.

Hitchin Library. Picture: Danny Loo Hitchin Library. Picture: Danny Loo

More than 850 people came to the library in Paynes Park on the day it formally reopened following two months of work.

The new-look library boasts a fully-accessible public toilet, a hireable community meeting room, a space for families in the new children’s area, and even its own Platform 9¾ – a nod to the Harry Potter books.

Library manager Bekah Nicolas told the Comet: “We are truly delighted with our improved library space and are excited for Hitchin library to continue being much-loved and very well used by the community.

Amira Tame, two, enjoys reading a book with grandma Nayier Ahmad inside the newly refurbished Hitchin Library. Picture: Danny Loo Amira Tame, two, enjoys reading a book with grandma Nayier Ahmad inside the newly refurbished Hitchin Library. Picture: Danny Loo

“It has already been such a treat for us to see families sharing books together in the new space and to hear such positive feedback from our borrowers.

“A big thank you to the community for your patience during our closures and the temporary library in December, and the whole team here at Hitchin look forward to welcoming you to your library.”

The revamp was carried out by Hitchin-based contractors Haywoods, and has seen wheeled movable shelving added to allow spaces to be rearranged to support community events and author talks. The study area on the first floor has been improved, with laptop benching and seating added throughout the library to create cosy reading spaces.

Inside the newly refurbished Hitchin Library. Picture: Danny Loo Inside the newly refurbished Hitchin Library. Picture: Danny Loo

To find out more about the library, look up @hitchinlibrary on Twitter and Facebook. You can find out more about the county service and take part in the Inspiring Libraries consultation at hertfordshire.gov.uk/libraries.

Inside the newly refurbished Hitchin Library. Picture: Danny Loo Inside the newly refurbished Hitchin Library. Picture: Danny Loo

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