University of Worcester in Running for Guardian University Award

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The University of Worcester will find out later this month if it has won a Guardian University Award for its Contribution to the Local Community through the development of The Hive.

The University has been shortlisted for the national award and will find out on February 27th if it has been successful.

The Hive is a joint project between the University and Worcestershire County Council, bringing the library services of the two together under one roof, along with the Council’s archive and archaeology service and customer contact centre.

The £60m development is the first joint university and public library in the UK. In the first seven months of operation it has already attracted more than 500,000 visitors; book issues by the community have increased by 103%; and new members to the public library have increased by over 100%. It was officially opened by HM The Queen in July 2012.

Anne Hannaford, Director of Information and Learning Services at the University, said: “Our vision for The Hive has always been to create an inspiring space, which people enjoy visiting for many reasons: to study and learn; to find new and exciting books and historic objects; to find out information; and to get support and advice. Some people just enjoy sitting and reading, looking out across the wonderful views."

She added: “We have worked alongside our partners at Worcestershire County Council to make this close connection between the University and the community. The Hive has so much to offer in terms of sharing resources and expertise for the benefit of everyone.”

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