Carnegie Trust Survey Smashes Notion that Libraries are Outdated

By April 15, 2017Libraries, News

Over the last few years in the UK we’ve seen funding to public services cut more than ever before, and libraries, particularly community ones have been on the front line as the axe has fallen. We’ve never had so many libraries under threat, and it’s left many asking whether libraries still have an important role in the community. Some have even claimed that with the Internet, the library isn’t as essential as it was before.

“Google can bring you back 100,000 answers. A librarian can bring you back the right one.” ~ Neil Gaiman

Now the Carnegie Trust has surveyed UK residents as part of the Shining a Light initiative, getting a snapshot of each country that makes up the United Kingdom, to find out who uses the library and just how essential people think the library is to their community and this report smashes the idea that libraries are outdated, proving they are essential for many people!

Of all those surveyed, half said that they use their local library sometimes. That’s a lot of people, even if they aren’t using the library regularly, it is there when they need it. For regular users of the library this number does fall. Around two in five people use their library every single month, we can assume these people are borrowers, regularly taking and returning books to the library. However, even those who didn’t use the library themselves, understood the importance of having it as part of the community. Around 75% of all those surveyed thought that the library was an important and essential addition to the community, even those who didn’t use the library.

 Our message to those who want to close libraries!

And we may think of libraries as being a place to borrow books, but they are so much more than that. Over half of those surveyed were aware of what their library offered and felt they would use the service more if it was better promoted. In fact, around 20-30% of library users, never borrow books and use libraries for different services.

The report actually showed that library usage is up in many areas in recent years, and showed how they have learned to adapt and evolve services to remain current and needed in the community. The report makes essential reading for anyone who is protesting the closure of their own library, and shows again that libraries are an essential part of British life and must be protected by local authorities. The full Shining a Light report by the Carnegie Trust can be found here.

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The stern face at the library desk who warns you about late fees and the importance of a varied reading list is familiar to most of us Reading Addicts. The librarian is not all that they seem though… Behind those spectacles and cardigans is a wicked sense of humour, mischief, and fun.

Here are 15 pieces of evidence that show how much fun librarians get up to at work, and some of the hilarious things they do to brighten up our days at the library.

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One Comment

  • Karah Khalia says:

    I am convinced that I would be far less of a human being if I didn’t utilize the library services. So many books and movies and CDs!! I don’t use e-readers, though. Too stubborn to try it. I love the mere sight of a bound book. It makes me feel I am edifying myself.

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