Sunday, 29 June 2014

Check Out Exeter's New Library

Exeter's Newly Refurbished Library
Exeter's newly refurbished library has been open for just over a month and to put it bluntly: it's fantastic. The team behind it have well and truly hit the nail on the head.

It is a space that does everything a library should in the 21st century. The cafe with al fresco seating in Rougemont Gardens is welcoming and open. The general lending area is clear and easily accessible. The children's library is lively and engaging. And whole space is so light airy and uncluttered that I could easily spend all day there.

Add to this their ample wifi, free web access, solar power and the awe inspiring Fab Lab and there are definitely reasons to be cheerful about your next check out.

Cafe Opening onto Rougemont Gardens at Exeter Central Library

I've visited twice so far and can't wait to get back - hopefully before my books are overdue. They seem keen to fill place with activity and get away from the traditional hushed environment. The first time I popped in, there were about 50 parents and children singing to their hearts' content in the children's library. When I went back the following Saturday, the Fab Lab was open with robots play with, a 3D printer to explore, and I even got to play with a homemade theremin!

New Children's Library
Friendly Robots at the FabLab

Closed for refurbishment for what seemed like eons, Exeter's Library has now become a place for discovery. Exactly what a library should be. Well done you lot. And thanks very much.

Some books at the Library
New entrance at Exeter Central Library

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