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Last Updated: Tuesday, 30 May 2006, 10:40 GMT 11:40 UK
Library marks century of lending
Littlehampton Library in 1910
Littlehampton Library opened exactly 100 years ago
The first purpose-built public library in West Sussex is marking 100 years of service to the people of Littlehampton.

The town's library opened on 30 May, 1906, after being built at a cost of 2,607, 9s 3d on land donated by the Duke of Norfolk.

Funding came from the Carnegie Foundation, set up by multi-millionaire philanthropist Andrew Carnegie.

"Things have come a long way at Littlehampton," said the county council's deputy leader, Mike Coleman.

"When it first opened, customers had to ask for the books to be brought out to them," Mr Coleman added.

He said the library had gone from lending about 33,000 books in its first year to 189,000 books, CDs, DVDs and videos in the past 12 months.

Alan Pyant, deputy county librarian, commented: "Littlehampton Library really is a testament to the durability of public libraries, having survived all the upheavals of the 20th Century."

The centenary celebrations this year include an exhibition about Edwardian Littlehampton and a children's painting competition running until 7 July.


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