The Hive in Worcester is a powerful statement of a belief in learning and inclusion through social innovation. Created in partnership by the University of Worcester and Worcestershire County Council, The Hive is the first integrated university/public library in Europe.
The Hive has proved itself a successful pioneering venture focused on the community, as hundreds of young people who have not used a library before are now regular visitors. New members of the public library increased by 600% in the year after opening.
The Hive has been shortlisted for 52 awards, of which it has won 28 so far, including The Guardian University Award for Best Contribution to the Local Community. It has one of the longest opening hours of any public library in the UK, from 8.30am to 10pm every day, except Bank Holidays.