Posted by: bluesyemre | December 28, 2015

Visiting #libraries is the most popular activity in the UK by Ned Potter

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I’m always struck by just how many people use libraries in the UK. It’s a mind-bogglingly huge amount. When we hear about the figures they’re always couched in terms of reductions – CIPFA tells us about the continuing decline, noting that UK visits to public libraries in 2013-14 fell to 282 million, from 288 million the previous year. I’m not surprised it fell – we lost 49 branches and 1,000 full-time-equivalent staff in the same period. But why do we never take the figures in isolation? 282 million visits! That’s MASSIVE. And then I started wondering how that compared with other things we visit in the UK. I came up with a list of as many as I could think of, and guess what? We visit libraries more than we visit ANYTHING else. In fact, we visit libraries twice as often as we visit football matches, theatres, A&E and the Church combined.

http://www.ned-potter.com/blog/visiting-libraries-is-the-most-popular-activity-in-the-uk-spread-these-resources-far-and-wide

What is the most popular activity in the UK? (Slideshare)

Library use is MASSIVE (Video)

 


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