The Hive case study

The Hive Project

The Hive case study - The Hive Project

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"The software has helped us deliver a shared library that manages to meet the needs of both sets of users and both organisations." 

Kathy Kirk, Strategic Libraries and Learning Manager, Worcester County Council

Kathy Kirk, Strategic Libraries and Learning Manager, Worcester County Council

The Hive is a state-of-the-art library, which is both a public library and a university library in one. Jointly run by Worcestershire County Council and the University of Worcester, it provides students and members of the public with access to a quarter of a million books and twelve miles of archive collections. Capita's Library Management System supports the entire operation helping everything to run like clockwork.

Back in 2004, both the University of Worcester and Worcestershire County Council independently reached the conclusion that their library buildings and services would not support their future plans for development.
"Our old library building constrained the ambitions for our service. At the same time, the university was expanding quickly and needed facilities to support this growth. We decided to come together to meet our joint goals," explains Kathy Kirk, strategic libraries and learning manager for Worcestershire libraries and learning Service.
The aim was to have a shared library service for over half a million citizens and over 9,000 students, to open up access to the extensive collections of both the university and public libraries.

 

Inspired integration

Paul Williams, the academic services team leader for the University of Worcester, explains that the scale of the project was ambitious, "We wanted to bring together so much material under one roof, over five floors, with 800 study places and only one integrated catalogue.
"To deliver on the aims of the project, we recognised that our choice of software would be crucial. We needed a system that could offer full integration whilst ensuring that differences between the two sets of users could exist side by side," comments Paul.

 

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