For the first time in recent years, three of Wales’ libraries are in the top 20 public libraries in the UK for the number of books issued, with Cardiff Central ranked in 6th, Swansea Central in 8th and Llanelli in 15th position,
The statistics, which were recently released, show that in 2010-11, the total number of visits to libraries increased slightly by 0.9% from 14,717,000 to 14,850,000, the only one of the home nations to show an increase, reflecting the ongoing partnership between the Welsh Government and local authorities in investing modernising our public libraries.
The number of borrowers who actively use their library increased in Wales by 8.3%, from 681,000 to 737,000, once again the only nation to register an increase.
Huw Lewis said:
“This is great news for libraries in Wales. During my visits to libraries across Wales, I have been impressed by the wide range of services and activities provided by them and these statistics from CIPFA back up my experience. With our new, four-year Libraries Inspire Strategy being launched earlier this week, it shows that we are on the right track in making libraries more accessible and innovative for people to use.”