Lending of music CDs at UK libraries has plummeted by 42 per cent in the last five years, according to the latest survey from the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA).
CIPFA’s annual survey of public libraries across the UK shows that library music issues has dropped from 8.4m in 2005-06 to 4.9m in 2009-10 - a drop of 42 per cent.
Book issues over the same period went down by just 4.2 per cent.
The survey also reveals a league table of the country’s most-visited libraries, topped by the Norfolk and Norwich Millennium library.
The Norwich-based library had 1,497,760 visitors in 2009–10, issuing 1,154,563 books and other items over twelve months. The next most visited library, Birmingham Central Library, attracted 1,452,150 visitors over the same period.
Chris Greene, CIPFA’s Head of Research and Statistics said:
“The UK’s libraries are as relevant to their communities as ever. But whilst many facilities continue to attract high visitor numbers, far fewer library users are borrowing music CDs compared to five years ago. With more people than ever downloading music from the internet, the way many people access music has changed fundamentally”.
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1. UK library music issues 2005-10
% 5 year change
2. Office of National Statistics survey shows that 40 per cent of adults online download music, games, films or images, and daily internet use has doubled in the last five years. Source: http://www.statistics.gov.uk/pdfdir/iahi0810.pdf.
3. Headline figures from the latest CIPFA library statistics are available from www.cipfastats.net, with the full dataset available to subscribers.
4. Popularity is defined in relation to the number of visits to the library and the number of stock issues.
5. The busiest libraries in the UK are:
Top 20 by number of visits per annum
Norfolk & Norwich Millennium
Newcastle upon Tyne
Brighton & Hove
Central Library, The Wellgate
Wood Green Central
Milton Keynes Central
Idea Store Whitechapel
City Library & Arts Centre
Harris Library Preston
Top 20 by number of issues per annum
City of London
These figures are based on returns to the CIPFA Public Library Actuals survey 2009-10.
* The CIPFA survey asks for the library with the most visits and also the library with the most issues in a year, therefore only one library can qualify per authority. There is a small possibility that one authority could have a second library that would appear in the top 20 libraries. E.g. Chelmsford in Essex is the most visited library is Essex, however Chelmsford has higher issues, so if Colchester has >450,000 issues per annum it will still not be included in the above top 20.
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