Surrey

Investment in Dorking library sees visitor numbers double

A £30,000 investment in new stock for a library in Surrey has resulted in visitor numbers almost doubling.

Surrey County Council said the relocated library in Dorking town centre now had 6,000 new books.

In its first week of opening, 4,806 people went through the door, compared to 1,791 during the final week at the library's old site in Pippbrook House.

More than 250 new members also signed up - more than the number who joined throughout the whole of January 2011.

Councillor Denise Saliagopoulos said the layout had been designed "to lead people on a journey of discovery, creating areas where people can sit, study, chat with friends or simply curl up with a book".

"These days library-goers want to use laptops and tablets so we've put in a computer area with charging points and there will be free wi-fi soon," she added.

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