31k visitors to the new-look library/Hub – what’s your view?

27.8.12 Photograph Paul McSherry. Opening of Kirkintilloch William Patrick Library Hub. Cllr Rhondda Geekie and Stewart MacDonald Chair E,D,Leisure Trust. Photo by Paul Mc Sherry 27th Aug 2012.
27.8.12 Photograph Paul McSherry. Opening of Kirkintilloch William Patrick Library Hub. Cllr Rhondda Geekie and Stewart MacDonald Chair E,D,Leisure Trust. Photo by Paul Mc Sherry 27th Aug 2012.

THE controversial Kirkintilloch Hub is celebrating after welcoming over 30,000 visitors in the first month – but what do you think?

There was a public outcry when the shock plans were sprung in the summer – when it was announced the library would effectively close for nearly three months to allow the building to be gutted and converted into a Hub.

East Dunbartonshire Council is trumpeting the success of the facility.

Since the Hub opened its doors on August 27, a total of 31,270 customers have visited, accessing a range of services including Council Tax, benefits, licensing, housing, general enquiries, library services, leisure services, arts and events.

* 983 customers were ‘casual callers’

* 848 attended for revenues and benefits enquires

* 214 had licensing queries.

* 3,364 customers visited the information and archives section of the library on the first floor

* Library employees dealt with 3,602 enquiries since the library reopened

* Customers borrowed 7,909 books and media, with 1,231 items being issued through the new self-service machines

The Hub was developed to deliver a new, flexible ‘one stop shop’ approach to customer services to make it easier for residents to access and get information about a variety of different services and make payments for them in just one visit.

What do you think of the new set-up? Are sad to see the library changed or does it reflect changing times and changing reading habits?

Is it a better use of an under-used facility or has the library been sacrificed to save cash?

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