Take a look at The Reading Agency’s statistics:
- 4,265 UK library service points serving local communities
- 306,591 million visits to public libraries
- 4,849 visits per 1,000 of the population
- 76% of 5-10 year olds and 39% of adults visited a public library in the last year.
- 43,365 computer terminals in libraries with library catalogue and internet access.
- 97,721 million visits to library websites
- 40 new libraries opening in 2012 and 2013
The last ten years have seen a profound re-imagining of libraries’ reading service…
- Public libraries lend 278.5 million books a year
- This breaks down into: 96.5 million children’s books; 129.9 million adult fiction; 61 million adult non-fiction
- There are 11.4 million active borrowers
- The UK’s busiest library is the Norwich Millennium, which had 1,343,828 visitors in 2011-12, issuing 1,184,435 books and other items over 12 months