The Central Library in Liverpool is celebrating its 2 millionth visitor since a major redesign three years ago.
The library was originally opened in 1860 but today features a five-storey library behind a Grade II listed façade. A new atrium designed to mirror the dome of the Picton Reading Room was built as part of the redevelopment with an entrance on William Brown Street.
The 2 millionth visitors to the library were Jane Hedges and her daughter Emily, who will tour the library on Friday 19th February guided by the Assistant Mayor Councillor Wendy Simon and the manager of the library David Stoker, including a look at restricted areas and special collections as well as a view of the city from the terrace above the library.
Councillor Simon said: “We’re delighted to have welcomed two million visitors to Central Library and it was an interesting couple of days for the library team as they monitored the automatic counter to make sure we didn’t miss our special milestone visitors! […] Visits to Central Library are increasing year on year, bucking the national trend, and if it continues, we look forward to celebrating the three millionth visitor very soon!”
Jane Hedges said “We love to come to Central Library and in particular, the children’s library. There is a relaxed atmosphere in which to encourage your child’s love of books and it’s reassuring to know that if they make a little noise there’s no problem!”
The travel website Trip Advisor rates Central Library as one of the top ‘Things to Do’ in Liverpool with a five star rating and has been voted as one of the world’s top 10 libraries in a national BBC poll.
Daniel and Derrie spoke to the Manager of the Central Library, David Stoker on the phone about the library and how he feels at this occasion:
By Daniel Leung
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