Posted by: bluesyemre | April 12, 2017

#PublicLibraries in England (Basic dataset)


Having received validated returns from all 151 library services, for the first time we have been able to publish an open and definitive dataset showing the number and location of all static public libraries (statutory and non-statutory) open in England at 1 July 2016 (this also includes libraries that were temporarily closed on that date, eg. for refurbishment). The dataset covers libraries run in-house by local authorities or commissioned by them from third parties, as well as community-managed and independent libraries. I want to pass on my thanks to Charlotte Lane in my team who pulled this together, and to all the library services who worked with us to make this possible.

Despite all our checking, we know this basic dataset won’t be perfect – handling this quantity of data means the occasional error is bound to creep in.

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