May 17, 2022

Ireland: “Children Are the Biggest Users of Irish Public Libraries, New Figures Show”

From the Irish Examiner:

It’s not all screen time with the nation’s youth as new figures show children are also the biggest users of the country’s public libraries.

All but two of the top 20 most borrowed titles from libraries last year were children’s books, according to new figures obtained from the Local Government Management Agency.

The most popular title among readers during 2019 was Double Down — the 11th book in the bestselling Diary of a Wimpy Kid series by US author, Jeff Kinney.


The latest available figures show there are almost 755,000 library members in the Republic with approximately 14m items borrowed each year.

The average number of library visits per head of population is 3.58 per annum with libraries in Cork City having the highest average at six and Louth the lowest at two.

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See Also: Our Public Libraries 2022 – Inspiring, Connecting and Empowering Communities (via Government of Ireland)
58 pages; PDF.

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