Call for action as new study reveals drop in frequency of library use
• Carnegie UK Trust sets out five-point plan to boost public libraries
• Five-year research study involved 10,000 interviews comparing library use in 2011 and 2016 across UK & Ireland
• Data reveals that 1 in 2 people across the UK and Ireland continue to use libraries
• However, the nation is using libraries less often than five years ago
A major new report provides both cause for concern and reason for hope for the UK’s pressured public library service.
The ‘Shining a Light’ report is the result of a unique five-year study by the Carnegie UK Trust and IPSOS Mori into public library use in the UK and Ireland. The report is the only one of its kind enabling data on changing use and attitudes towards library services to be compared across the individual jurisdictions of the UK and Ireland. Around 10,000 face-to-face and telephone interviews were involved in total across 2011 and 2016.