Chesterfield library one of the most visited in the country

12-12-13

Chesterfield Library was one of the most visited libraries in the country in 2012-13 with 717,471 visits meaning it was the most visited library in the East Midlands, coming 11th in the UK.

The East Midlands as a region saw a reduction in total expenditure on library services in 2012-13, down by 1.4% year on year, according to the latest annual survey issued by the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA).

Nottingham Central library and Leicester Central library came second and third in the region attracting 470,418 visitors and 357,218 visitors respectively.

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

-0.2%

Greater London

362

362

0.0%

Eastern

348

347

-0.3%

East Midlands

319

317

-0.6%

North East

209

203

-2.9%

North West

445

430

-3.4%

South West

362

355

-1.9%

West Midlands

314

305

-2.9%

Yorkshire & Humberside

377

359

-4.8%

Total England

3,243

3,184

-1.8%

Wales

309

307

-0.6%

Scotland

586

581

-0.9%

Northern Ireland

127

122

-3.9%

Total UK

4265

4194

-1.7%

 

 

2011-12

2012-13

% change

Total Expenditure (£000)

 

 

 

South East exc. London

128,879

124,543

-3.4%

Greater London

194,065

186,553

-3.9%

Eastern

86,611

78,700

-9.1%

East Midlands

65,699

64,781

-1.4%

North East

47,265

47,004

-0.6%

North West

120,544

106,325

-11.8%

South West

76,160

72,887

-4.3%

West Midlands

93,225

93,159

-0.1%

Yorkshire & Humberside

83,163

80,968

-2.6%

Total England

895,612

854,922

-4.5%

Wales

51,096

52,840

3.4%

Scotland

117,553

109,696

-6.7%

Northern Ireland

34,138

31,491

-7.8%

Total UK

1,098,399                   

1,048,949

-4.5%

 

*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

1,159,262

2

Worcestershire

The Hive Worcester

778,258

3

Oxfordshire

Oxford Central

646,871

4

Cambridgeshire

Cambridge Central

581,506

5

Essex

Chelmsford

563,216

6

Cardiff

Cardiff Central

550,675

7

Derbyshire

Chesterfield

516,276

8

Milton Keynes

Milton Keynes Central

480,740

9

Brighton & Hove

Brighton Jubilee

479,145

10

Swansea

Swansea Central

447,259

11

Edinburgh

Edinburgh Central

443,488

12

City of London

Barbican

438,675

13

West Sussex

Worthing

438,091

14

North Yorkshire

Harrogate

403,164

15

York

York Explore

399,406

16

Southwark

Canada Water

395,244

17

Sutton

Sutton

393,458

18

Sheffield

Sheffield Central

382,098

19

Hampshire

Winchester Discovery Centre

381,341

20

Windsor & Maidenhead

Maidenhead

379,459

 

Top 20 by number of issues per annum         

1

Norfolk

Norfolk & Norwich Millennium

1,159,262

2

Worcestershire

The Hive Worcester

778,258

3

Oxfordshire

Oxford Central

646,871

4

Cambridgeshire

Cambridge Central

581,506

5

Essex

Chelmsford

563,216

6

Cardiff

Cardiff Central

550,675

7

Derbyshire

Chesterfield

516,276

8

Milton Keynes

Milton Keynes Central

480,740

9

Brighton & Hove

Brighton Jubilee

479,145

10

Swansea

Swansea Central

447,259

11

Edinburgh

Edinburgh Central

443,488

12

City of London

Barbican

438,675

13

West Sussex

Worthing

438,091

14

North Yorkshire

Harrogate

403,164

15

York

York Explore

399,406

16

Southwark

Canada Water

395,244

17

Sutton

Sutton

393,458

18

Sheffield

Sheffield Central

382,098

19

Hampshire

Winchester Discovery Centre

381,341

20

Windsor & Maidenhead

Maidenhead

379,459

 

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)

 

25,648

24,746

23,663

21,780

20,302

-6.8%

Total Volunteers

 

15,894

17,550

21,494

23,397

33,808

44.5%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.