New figures from RLUK university members have challenged the tired stereotype of academic libraries as being quiet, dusty, and increasingly empty. Figures for 2009/10 (the latest for which full data are available) show that there were over 35 million visits to RLUK’s 23 UK university member libraries. This represented an increase of 10% on the previous year and is the highest total since records began, with some institutions recording increases of over 20% in a single year.
esearch on library trends has shown that this increase in the number of visits to RLUK libraries is reflected in an increase in the number of loans and renewals of the physical stock. The ‘traditional’ functions of the library continue to be valued, as well as the additional new services that our members are introducing. This value is reflected in the consistently high scores received for library provision in annual student satisfaction surveys.
UK Research Libraries Busier Than Ever
Filed by August 1, 2011on