Brighton and Hove library is the UKs second most visited

12-12-2013

Brighton’s Jubilee library is the South East’s most popular library, and the UK’s second most-visited, according to the latest library survey issued by the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA).

Brighton’s Jubilee Library had 974,890 visitors in 2012-13 coming second only to Norfolk and Norwich Millennium Library, which had 1,273,416 visitors, topping the poll.

Oxford Central Library had the third highest number of items issued in the UK, at 646,871 while the Jubilee Library appeared at ninth on the list with 479,145 issues.

As a whole the South East experienced a 3.4% decrease in its total expenditure on library services in 2012-13, however it only saw a net loss of one library across the region.

Speaking on the UK wide data released today by CIPFA on libraries in the UK, CIPFA’s Chief Executive Rob Whiteman said: 

“Local authorities across the UK have worked hard over the past few years to identify savings and reduce their spending but now also seem to be looking at new ways of keeping their libraries open to the public.

“While the number of libraries and staff has fallen again, this has slowed. However the surge in volunteer numbers would suggest that libraries are searching for new ways to engage and serve their communities.”

ENDS

Notes to editors:

1. Headline figures from the latest CIPFA library statistics are available from www.cipfastats.net, with the full dataset available to subscribers.

2. For national library data from CIPFA please see the national press notice here:

http://www.cipfa.org/about-cipfa/press-office/latest-press-releases/cipfa-library-survey-shows-closures-slowing-visitor-numbers-falling-but-volunteers-soaring

3. Popularity is defined in relation to the number of visits to the library and the number of stock issues.

4. Library statistics:

 

2011-12

2012-13

% change

Number of service points

South East exc. London

507

506

-0.002

Greater London

362

362

0

Eastern

348

347

-0.003

East Midlands

319

317

-0.006

North East

209

203

-0.029

North West

445

430

-0.034

South West

362

355

-0.019

West Midlands

314

305

-0.029

Yorkshire & Humberside

377

359

-0.048

Total England

3243

3184

-0.018

Wales

309

307

-0.006

Scotland

586

581

-0.009

Northern Ireland

127

122

-0.039

Total UK

4265

4194

-0.017

*Please note, where statistics have been shown in '000s, they have been rounded to the nearest thousand. Therefore, in some instances figures might not add down to totals. Percentage differences are based on the rounded totals.

5. The busiest libraries in the UK are:

Top 20 by number of visits per annum

1

Norfolk

Norfolk & Norwich Millennium

1273416

2

Brighton & Hove

Brighton Jubilee

974890

3

Newcastle upon Tyne

Newcastle City

927831

4

Greenwich

Woolwich

889504

5

Croydon

Croydon Central

882144

6

Dundee

Central Library Dundee

779424

7

Cambridgeshire

Cambridge Central

778492

8

Leeds

Leeds Central

741518

9

Hounslow

Hounslow

730053

10

Worcestershire

The Hive Worcester

718255

11

Derbyshire

Chesterfield

717471

12

Tower Hamlets

Idea Store Whitechapel

694210

13

Sheffield

Sheffield Central

680574

14

Glasgow

Mitchell Library

639571

15

Sutton

Sutton

620026

16

Essex

Colchester

615345

17

Haringey

Wood Green

611689

18

Kirklees

Huddersfield

611047

19

Barking & Dagenham

Barking Learning Centre

581799

20

Oldham

Oldham

581354

Top 20 by number of issues per annum

1 Norfolk Norfolk & Norwich Millennium 1159262
2 Worcestershire The Hive Worcester 778258
3 Oxfordshire Oxford Central 646871
4 Cambridgeshire Cambridge Central 581506
5 Essex Chelmsford 563216
6 Cardiff Cardiff Central 550675
7 Derbyshire Chesterfield 516276
8 Milton Keynes Milton Keynes Central 480740
9 Brighton & Hove Brighton Jubilee 479145
10 Swansea Swansea Central 447259
11 Edinburgh Edinburgh Central 443488
12 City of London Barbican 438675
13 West Sussex Worthing 438091
14 North Yorkshire Harrogate 403164
15 York York Explore 399406
16 Southwark Canada Water 395244
17 Sutton Sutton 393458
18 Sheffield Sheffield Central 382098
19 Hampshire Winchester Discovery Centre 381341
20 Windsor & Maidenhead Maidenhead 379459

6: Staff and volunteer numbers:

Analysis of Staff and Volunteers in UK libraries

% change over
2008-09 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 last year
Total Staff (F.T.E) 25648 24746 23663 21780 20302 -0.068
Total Volunteers 15894 17550 21494 23397 33808 0.445

These figures are based on returns to the CIPFA Public Library Actuals survey 2012-13.

* 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. Colchester in Essex is the most visited library is Essex, however Chelmsford has higher issues, so if Colchester has >380,000 issues per annum it will still not be included in the above top 20.