May 19, 2022

Report From the United Kingdom:, “Library Loans Down 43% in 10 years, New Analysis Shows”

From The Bookseller:

Latest figures from The Chartered Institute of Public Finance & Accountancy (CIPFA) show library loans are down 43% in the last decade in England, with libraries still in “a terrible state” as repeated schemes to turn around the service fail, campaigner Tim Coates has said.


Analysing the full figures, which are not made freely available by CIPFA, together with past results, Coates said loans of printed books in English libraries stood at 150 million in the past year, adding to a total drop of 43% in the last decade and 59% since the turn of the millennium. There were also 371 libraries run by volunteers in 2018/19, up from 272 the previous year.

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See Also: Britain Has Closed Almost 800 Libraries Since 2010, Figures Show (December 6, 2019)

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