When it is wet people flock into libraries – Hornby Library was certainly busy when I ventured across town on a grey and drizzly afternoon. Getting there was a feat in itself – lots of patient sitting in traffic and then a real search for a carpark. The library has its own generous carpark but I suspect it was being used by more than library customers.
Anyway, inside it was all go, with the computer area absolutely full. I loved the bright green chairs dotted around the library. There was plenty of good reading to choose from and this was clearly a busy community place. There seemed to be two gents working on business plans at one table, and at the counter a mum lifted a little girl up so she could get a special stamp on her hand.
This would be a great destination for a shopping and library trip. The librarians confirmed there were several cafe options nearby including the recommendation that “some people swear by the coffee at McDonald’s”.
As well as free WiFi Hornby now has extended opening hours:
- Monday to Friday: 9.00am to 7.00pm
- Saturday and Sunday: 9.00am to 5.00pm
Next stop on the library tour is Lyttelton Library, which Joe Bennett once described as being “painted the colour of fresh lung tissue”, so keep following the Displaced Reader on her travels.