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Manchester’s library use increasing

City bucking national trend

Published on September 2nd 2010.

Manchester’s library use increasing

The number of people using Manchester’s libraries is on the up, despite a national decrease.

A report from the Department of Media, Culture and Sport (DCMS) shows number of adults using local libraries across the UK has dropped from 48.2 per cent in 2005/06 to 39.4 per cent in 2009/10.

In the last five years, however, visits to Manchester’s libraries have increased by 17 per cent from to 3.1 million a year.

Book issues, computer sessions, online reservations and searches on the library web pages are all up on the last year. There has also been a 42 per cent increase in the number of young people visiting library homework clubs and the issue of children’s books is up by 11 per cent, year on year for June 2010.

Many of the city’s libraries have also engaged with social media, using Facebook and Twitter.

Manchester has also opened two new libraries this year. Longsight Library, which opened in April, has issued 48,400 books in the last three months and has 2,500 members.

City Library, which serves the city centre while Central Library undergoes refurbishment, has welcomed 1,520 members in the last two months.

There are also plans are for new libraries in Beswick, due to open later this month, and Brooklands, which will open in October.

Councillor Mike Amesbury, Manchester City Council’s executive member for culture and leisure said: “The way in which we use libraries has dramatically changed in recent years and I think, in Manchester, we’re keeping up with these changes extremely well.

“The variety of services and events we now offer is having a marked difference on the popularity of the city’s libraries and as people turn their focus towards online and social networking resources we are meeting their demands to ensure a useful and relevant library service for everyone.”

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Helen FinchSeptember 3rd 2010.

I love Manchester libraries! Their service is absolutely fantastic, the selection of local and general books is dizzyingly wide, and thanks to the brilliant online reservation system, you can call up books from any library in Greater Manchester to pick up locally. Well-deserved success.

AnonymousSeptember 4th 2010.

It will certainly decline now until the new central Library is open since the temporary replacement is poky and the assistants unhelpful and the signage poor
However I am pleased Glitz to hear the reservation service has improved for books not in Man Libs stock.

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