Newcastle library the third most visited in the UK

12-12-13

Newcastle City Library is the North East’s most popular library, and the UK’s third most-visited, according to the latest library survey issued by the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA).

The library had 927,831 visitors in 2012-13, and issued 359,374 items. Norfolk and Norwich Millennium Library, which had 1,273,416 visitors, topped the poll.

As a whole the North East experienced a 0.6% reduction in total library expenditure this year, one of the smallest percentage drops in the UK. However, the region did see the net loss of 6 libraries in 2012-13 or a 2.9% decrease, one of the largest percentage reductions in the country.

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

 

 

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.

  1. 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.