7:00am Friday 8th March 2013
A PLANNED 'face-lift' for Malvern Library, arising from 'severe congestion' was the big news in the Gazette 50 years ago.
The town librarian, Mr N H Parker, told the Gazette: "In common with most institutes of the kind today, Malvern's public library is feeling the effect of an unprecedented rise in the borrowing of books. The figure at Malvern has risen by 60 per cent in the last six years."
He said that unlike most other towns, Malvern's existing library building was large enough to cope with any foreseeable developments, but not all the space is fully utilised "whilst other parts of the library, particularly the lending library, are suffering from severe congestion".
New plans had therefore been prepared which the library committee hoped would "remove barriers, physical and psychological, between books and readers, and to reveal an interesting and attractive building arranged on an open-plan basis".
"It is proposed that the lending library shall in future occupy the space now devoted to the reference library, the present lending library and the reading room. The screens and interior windows would be removed to allow a free flow of light, and of readers right across the building.
"A new feature would be the enquiries desk, the focal point of the library, to be manned at all times by qualified librarians whose duty it would be to assist the public."
"The library committee additionally decided to allow children under five to become members of the library and to have their own tickets."
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