Facts and figures
Did you know..?
- Libraries are at the forefront of developing digital literacy skills that benefit users in numerous ways. Research shows that people with good IT skills earn 3-10% more than those without.
- Increasing digital literacy helps people to make better lifestyle choices that can prevent health problems: such as using trusted medical sites: NHS Choices, or Public Health England approved apps on healthy eating.
- Digitally competent and confident citizens are far more likely to lead healthier, happier, more productive and satisfying lives.
- We made over 233 million visits to libraries in 2018 and 115 million visits online (CIPFA, 2017-18 Actuals).
- 99% of libraries have free WIFI access allowing everyone to get online.
- In 2017-18, libraries across Great Britain provided people with over 82 million hours of supported internet access (CIPFA, 2017-18 Actuals).
- In Great Britain over 12.2 million ebooks were borrowed from public libraries in 2016-17 (CIPFA, 2016-17 Actuals).
- Libraries help to reduce inequality by providing safe, civic spaces open to all located in urban and rural areas and part of this offer is access to computers and the internet.
- Communities that have access to timely and relevant information and to the internet are better positioned to eradicate poverty and inequality and support people’s health, culture, research, and innovation.
- The critical importance of libraries in supporting digital inclusion and skills development continues to grow, with nearly half of public libraries reporting an increasing number of customers request this kind of help.
For general facts about libraries visit the Reading Agency Library Facts.
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