We have been looking forward to the Hive opening for a long time, so I was very excited to finally get to look around today. I was very kindly granted permission to take photos, so I've uploaded quite a few!
|The bridge to the Hive|
|Mini seats, and low bookcases in the childrens' area|
Full height windows look out towards the railway aqueduct and River Severn and let in lots of light. There is an area for messy play, a room for group activities, such as the weekly Bounce and Rhyme sessions and the fairytale-esque Story Island - an outdoor classroom reached by a bridge from the children's section, and built to look like it belongs in a castle. I think learning there would be a magical experience.
|Items found during the excavations|
|Central staircase leads from ground floor to|
|The open plan, large windows and sky lights make the building full of light and space|
I did think there could have been a few more stations to check out books, but in fact there are quite a few on the ground floor as well. I didn't notice these until I was on my way out though.
|The library contains approx. 250,000 books|
|There are 800 study stations in the Hive|
|Manga and graphic novels|
The Hive is a truly remarkable achievement. It combines a state of the art building with beautifully thought out touches. For example, the colour palette is taken from Royal Worcester porcelain. Combining the university and public library will help to integrate the university students with the residents of Worcester. It is an invaluable resource for everyone.
It was wonderful to see so many different groups of people using the Hive. Parents with small children, elderly couples, and everyone in between. There is really something for everyone here.
I'm proud that this amazing building belongs to me as a resident of Worcestershire. If you get the opportunity, it's well worth a few hours of your time. Me? I think it'll become my home away from home.