Hard Evidence: how many people actually use libraries?

(14 March 2016)  There’s no doubt that people in the UK value libraries. They are seen as an asset to communities, offering a calm, quiet, neutral space, where anyone can access information for work or leisure. When libraries are threatened with closure, community groups and public figures spring into action to try to save them. But while we clearly hold libraries close to our hearts, how many of us actually use them?

Frankie Wilson, Head of Assessment at Bodleian Libraries looks at the figures for public libraries in the UK including visits and borrowing and libraries which have closed.  She also analyses SCONUL statistics for university libraries and comments that “library use” is more complicated in university libraries than public libraries.

Theconversation.com has the article in full.