Last week, the government’s Libraries Taskforce pledged £4m to support disadvantaged communities through libraries and urged councils to consider libraries when delivering other public services. Birmingham Library, which is the most visited library in the country (1.6m visitors in 2015/16), already offers adult learning facilities, immigration advice services and supplements its funding through private hiring of some of its facilities.
* Excluding Northern Ireland
** As in previous years the number of library service points excludes libraries open for less than 10 hours a week
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