An ultra-modern library and learning service in north Manchester has seen a dramatic rise in its visitor numbers in the two months it has been open.
The Avenue Library in Higher Blackley opened its doors in May and can now boast a 97% increase in visitors at 14,434, compared to 7,341 over the same period last year.
Councillor Rosa Battle, executive member for culture and leisure, said: “The figures speak for themselves. The take up of all the services on offer at the new library and learning centre has been phenomenal.”
New library members have increased by 1,128 with 667 adults and 461 children joining and the number of books issued and renewed increasing by a huge 208%.
Councillor Battle said the modern building combined with the move to a more central location with improved transport links for residents of Higher Blackley and Charlestown have contributed to this massive increase.
“We are committed to providing great facilities for the whole community whether it is to access to books and computers, training and employment opportunities or the free to use community room,” she added.
“It is a hub for the community and proves our commitment to libraries as vital facilities in the heart of their communities.”