Books are for people who wish they were somewhere else, according to writer Mark Twain, but he'd obviously never been to Harefield Library.
Following a complete refurbishment of the building in Park Lane, villagers may not need to go anywhere else to choose books, use computers, or even have coffee.
Improved layout and lighting, new books, Apple Macs which are free to use, study areas for quiet work and a new children's area, all contribute to the new look.
Maggie Pain, headteacher of Harefield Infant School, in High Street, said the new library which opened last week after being closed for several months is a huge success.
Mrs Pain said: "It has been completely transformed. They have really opened up the space and it is much more modern now.
"I popped in one day after school and it was lovely to see so many older children from the village using the computers.
"At school we encourage children to use the public library, and as part of our celebrations for Book Week every class will visit the new library, and library manger Lorraine Piercy will read a story to them.
"We are particularly pleased there are now extended hours too."
Vicki Williams, headteacher of Harefield Junior School, in Park
Lane, agreed the refurbished library is a real boon for everyone.
She said: "I have been to look, and some of our classes have had a formal look round.
"It's terrific, very attractively laid out. A good library is so important in a village."
Henry Higgins, Hillingdon council-lor for Harefield ward, and cabinet member for culture, sport and leisure, said: "I am delighted that Harefield has been one of the first new libraries to open.
"Despite the awful weather we've had, people have come along to have a look at the new books and try out some of the facilities on offer.
"It's great to see people enjoying the library and confirms that Hillingdon really is doing the right thing by bucking the trend and investing in our libraries.
"I hope that residents continue to enjoy it."
* Details of library opening times are available on the council website at www.hillingdon.gov.uk