B&H City Libraries, The Word Project: went to the first day of Brighton's new library yesterday, mainly to get my Raymond Briggs books signed by the man himself, and spot the gorgeous Louise Rennison (Lynne Truss was signing too). It's a wonderful space with lots of new CDs and DVDs to borrow (tho not so many books?), and magic desks instead of staff where you can check out your own microchip-embedded items (is this the end of the rubber stamp?), but my first impressions were: no cycle facilities (maybe they come later?) and there's only one narrow set of glass stairs to the high upper level (two flights). Not recommended for those with vertigo or agoraphobia... Jubilee library copyright Alan Fred Pipes 2005

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