Holywood Arches Library
Holywood Arches Library
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dpcbeech
Belfast, UK139 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2019 • Solo
I remember this library, when it first opened and it was fantastic. Unfortunately the passage of time and the falling of literacy standards in today’s society, has taken its toll on the stock list. Everything in here is post modernistic right down to the auto check in/out machine. The government has used the lack of book learning to cut back on funding for public libraries, and it shows. The computer room however always seems to be well used. On the plus side the librarians do storytelling for youngsters on certain days.
Written January 20, 2019
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Katie S
Belfast, UK57 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2016
Holywood Arches library is a great spot for families and solo readers a like. The inside is well furnished and feels welcome. A particular highlight is the statue of C.S. Lewis (a local hero) outside.
Written November 18, 2016
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T5562SWsam
Belfast, UK233 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2014 • Family
this library is a wee bit better and wee bit more selection of books. very similar to portadown library. wouldnt be in here too often. good enough library. anybody that lives nearby this library i would recommend popping in and having a look
Written August 13, 2015
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Steveodo
Carrickfergus, UK5,612 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2017 • Solo
This was right beside the C.S. Lewis wardrobe sculpture. I’m sure the famous author would approve of his work being celebrated next to a free library. Big airy main hall, a new building, high arched roof on girders. Lots of light from windows high up on both sides and skylights above. There was a very impressive lion made of bits and stripes of stuff in the entryway. There was a World War I Irish speaking soldiers display in the main area. A clock in the wall was useful. They had Daily Mail (yuk) and the Ulster Scot newspapers to read. Computers. No one looked up to say “hello”, when I was entering or leaving. Shut for lunch when I passed by later.
Written April 1, 2017
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Jennerator
United Kingdom7 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Family
Of all the East Belfast libraries I feel this one is the friendliest. I love that CS Lewis square is located so close and the statue of the wardrobe from his Narnia books. I love that they often feature CS Lewis displays. They have the computerised borrow and return system, plenty for children (they have a designated area) and a reading area for papers and the computer suite is in a separate room. There’s rhythm and rhyme running weekly and plenty of open space to work. My only criticisms would be the very limited variety in genre of fiction and the lack of parking. The main genre of fiction seems to be crime. I feel they are catering for a very specific and limited audience. There are two disabled parking spaces and a four regular spaces which are crammed into a very small space. At busy times it’s very difficult to get in and out or get turned and it’s situated beside a very busy doctors surgery car park which rarely has spaces.
Written December 20, 2023
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