(19 Mar 2021) Visits to public libraries in Taiwan dropped over 30 percent in 2020 amid the COVID-19 outbreak, but the number of e-books borrowed surged more than 40 percent for the second year, according to an annual report published on Friday.
A total of 79.69 million visits to public libraries were recorded last year, a drop of 35.12 million, or 30.59 percent from 2019, said Tseng Shu-hsien (曾淑賢), director general of the National Central Library, which released the annual report during a press conference in Taipei.
Citing the impact of COVID-19, the number of book loans, which can be for one or more books, also fell 3.27 percent to 22.20 million, she added.
However, the number of e-books borrowed continued the growth seen in recent years, surging 42.35 percent from the previous year to 3.63 million in 2020, the report showed.
Find out more from the original news here.