Mansfield library sees rise in use since £3.4m revamp

Mansfield Library
Image caption The library in West Gate has a new children's library

A Nottinghamshire library has said it has seen a surge in members since a £3.4m refurbishment.

Mansfield library said 1,381 people had joined since it reopened in January, compared to 497 new members in the same period in 2010.

The refit included a new children's area, more computers, a dedicated space for research and a larger local history section.

The county council has said it is committed to supporting its libraries.

The authority had said it would keep all of its 60 libraries open, despite financial pressures.

In 2011 the council reduced the opening hours of some of its smaller libraries and cut its budget for new library books by 36% in two years.

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