Richmond Public Library Reopens

By Rob Last edited 133 months ago
Richmond Public Library Reopens

Ok, that's not the most thrilling of headlines, but if you care about libraries (and we do care about them at Londonist) then it's actually quite an achievement, especially (as the Guardian reports today) this "Victorian public library...is being seen as the last best hope of stopping Britain's 154-year tradition of free libraries from becoming extinct."

So what we've got is a £80k makeover designed to make the library a "model of a future library service with reading at its heart" which, in real term, means no security gates, no intmidating counters, a new 'Quick Choice' book exchange, and a "a fast automatic checkout terminal for borrowers"

And, in this Starbucks age, no library could be without "sofas and tables with browsable newspapers and magazines and a tea and coffee machine."

Photo taken from herndonlibrary's photostream, click here for the Richmond Library photoset.

Last Updated 04 July 2006