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Libraries to be “pop-up” tourist information points during Olympics

Mark Cavendish crosses Hampton Court Bridge leaving Surrey during the 2011 London-Surrey Cycle Classic

Libraries and museums will become “pop-up” tourist information points for the 2012 Games to help cater for the influx of tourists.

The move was inspired by the “pop-up” phenomenon, which has seen temporary restaurants and retail stores appear in homes, businesses and street corners across the world.

Surrey County Council has already started training library and museum workers on all things Games-related and staff have been tasked with researching local attractions.

Denise Saliagopoulos, Surrey County Council’s Cabinet Member for Community Services and the 2012 Games, said: “The Games provide a fantastic opportunity to stimulate Surrey’s economy. More than a million people are expected to visit when the cycle road races, time trial and Olympic torch relay come to the county this summer.

“The “pop-up” tourist information centres are an innovative way to provide visitors with information on everything from major attractions to great places to eat and shop. They will also provide information about Olympic events and venues and there will be takeaway maps promoting local businesses to help Surrey firms make the most of the Games.”

The “pop-up” tourist information points are just one of the ways Surrey County Council is embracing new ideas and technology to enhance library services and it follows plans to install free wi-fi in all libraries before the Olympics.

The popularity of new technologies has been shown by the uptake of the online library. It is used three million times a year for downloading e-books and for transactions such as renewing and reserving books.

Surrey County Council has been working with Guildford Tourist Information Centre on this initiative.

Search ‘Go Libraries’ at surreycc.gov.uk for more information.

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For more information, please contact Surrey County Council media officer Nicole Herlihy on 020 8541 8039 or email nicole.herlihy@surreycc.gov.uk

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