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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