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New chapter for library as user numbers soar

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Stansted library has seen a surge in new members and visitors since reopening in the Mountfitchet Exchange.

The rise is good news for campaigners keen to retain the service. In the first three hours of opening earlier this month, 75 people used the facility - by the end of the day the figure had topped 100.

Parish council chair Maureen Caton said more than 130 new members had so far signed up: "The days have either doubled or tripled with people coming in. Rhyme Time had 17 children, plus 14 adults - we normally have about five! To say we are chuffed is to put it mildly."

New library at Stansted's Mountfitchet Exchange (27739381)
New library at Stansted's Mountfitchet Exchange (27739381)

The library features two new work stations, providing free internet use, a children’s corner and will soon have a self-service machine. The new hub also hosts a police desk, a community information point and the Citizens Advice Bureau.

Parish councillor Daniel Brett said: "The work is not over as the library needs continued community support."

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