Public library usage in the UK (2014)

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Public library usage in the UK (2014)

  • 4,134 public libraries including mobiles in the UK
  • 288,044,000 visits to public libraries per year
  • 4,522 visits per 1,000 of the population
  • 42,914 computer terminals in libraries with internet access
  • 40 new libraries opened in 2012 and 2013
  • Public libraries lend 262.7 million books a year
    91.6 million children’s books
    116 million adult fiction
    54.6 million adult non-fiction
  • There are 10.3 million active borrowers
  • The UK’s busiest library is the Norwich Millennium, which had 1,273,416 visitors in 2012-13

PeopleWho visited the library in the last year?

Aged 5-10    11-15    16-24    25-44    45-64    65-74    75+
.         60%      77%      32%        41%       31%      37%     32%

  • ABC1 44%,  C2 25%,  DE 31%

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Sources:
The Reading Agency Library Facts
CIPFA Public Library User Survey.
DCMS Taking Part 2014: The National Survey of Culture, Leisure and Sport.
LISU LAMPOST Libraries, Archives, Museums and Publishing Online Statistics Tables.
Carnegie Trust A New Chapter
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