The new City Centre library building is certainly a beautifully designed structure. Inside, the huge open space and suspended white floors are impressive.
However, most of the interior is open empty space, with a smattering of chairs and a few computer areas. The huge atrium is void of anything useful.
The number of books on display is probably about the same number they used to cram into the old Guildford library – not very much material at all.
The books are also dated. There is a large section of auto repair manuals that date from the ’60s to the ’90s. Although lots of taxpayer money was spent on this fabulous building, it seems the old books from Guildford were simply relocated to it.
It is clear to me that this magnificent structure is a white elephant with little substance or function.
B. Largghy, Surrey
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