Carnegie Trust Survey Smashes Notion that Libraries are Outdated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just how essential people think the library is to their community and this report smashes the idea that libraries are outdated, proving they are essential for many people!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.

Books Will Take to the Skies Thanks to Easyjet’s “Flybraries”

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Book Donations Required After School Fire

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The Kugaardjuq School in Kugaaruk serves a remote community with three hundred students and 45 employees. The school is a lifeline in such a remote community of just 900, but in March disaster struck as the school was gutted by fire. An arsonist has been charged with the crime of burning down the school, but while most media outlets are reporting the fire, we’re supporting an appeal for donated books! Read More

15 Thoughtful Library Quotes

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Reading Addicts hardly ever forget their first visit to a library… I remember the smell, the nice man at the front desk, the sound of the ink stamp on the front page… As a young child those comforting memories stay with us for a long time. Many of us still frequent our local library, and famous people are no different.

Here are 15 quotes about libraries from famous names you may recognise.

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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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