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The Hive

The Hive, Britain's first joint university and public library, offers a rich variety of resources for University of Worcester students and researchers.

A fantastic facility

Since it was officially opened by Her Majesty the Queen in 2012, The Hive has proven itself to be a fantastic resource for the University and the wider community. An exceptional £60 million facility, the Hive has issued more than 2 million books and dramatically increased the learning resources, technology, study and social spaces available to University of Worcester students.

With over a quarter of a million books and 12 miles of archive collections, The Hive is no ordinary library. It has a busy events programme, with regular public lectures, exhibitions and performances.

As a public as well as university facility, The Hive has achieved its vision to inspire the people of the region to read for enjoyment and for education. Since it opened, book borrowing and library visitor numbers have soared, with an increase of over 200% in the number of books issued, and a 100% plus increase in visits compared to the previous public Worcester Library.