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Local libraries may offer more than you expect. As well as books and magazines, libraries lend music, DVDs and computer games. Some have coffee shops and all offer free internet access. We need to use them or we will lose them.



Springfield Community Campus, Beechfield Rd, Corsham SN13 9DN, UK – 01249 713159

This is so much more than a library -- there is a pool here, a tennis court, outside kids play area, big car park; and inside there are meeting rooms, huge rooms for gym or concerts, a cafe, a climbing wall and of course a library. It's a real community centre. I say "real" because so many places call themselves 'community centre' but offer so little. This is how it should be. For example, in nearby Chippenham there is a small library but nowhere for a freelance writer/PR consultant like me to sit and work (unless I fancy taking a kiddies table/chair). So I come to Corsham to work and later on I'll go for a swim and maybe even get a shot on the climbing wall. The place is packed -- adults looking for books and reading them; teens of every shape and size, plotting in the corners; and lots of families -- it's the ideal place for parents to leave their kids in the inside play area, which is in the library as there seems to be a teacher who's here to entertain them. I can't rate this place highly enough. It's an example for every small town -- a community centre with resources that people actually want, where you can park, leave your kids, have a swim, coffee, chat and read. Every small town should aspire to one; and seeing the name Wiltshire County Council plastered all over the place it's clear that they paid for all of this -- good for them. But it's also clear that they wouldn't have paid for it had a local team in Corsham applied for teh funding, put together and plan and lobbied like hell. The other thing I love about this library, where I'm currently working, is that there's no "SILENCE" rule and there is a constant soundtrack of high pitched kiddie screams -- and now they're all singing a song about crocodiles.

Funky library, my kids love it

Box Library

3 Valens Terrace, Box, Corsham SN13 8NT, UK – 01225 742256

Great little library!

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