Library figures on the up

LIBRARIES across the region saw an increase in visitor numbers, number of books and other items issued and use of facilities in 2010-2011.

The figures for the East Riding are in contrast to the national trend, where visitor numbers are dropping, services are being scaled back and many libraries are being earmarked for closure.

The region saw the number of items issued increase by two per cent to 1,552,251 and visitor figures by five per cent to 1,211,188.

In addition, there were 483,200 virtual visits made by customers using online services, such as the web catalogue and digital reference collection.

The impressive figures could have been boosted by the opening of Pocklington’s new library in Autumn last year, which included an increase in the amount of books available, extra computers were installed, as well as the customer service centre.

Councillor Jane Evison, cabinet portfolio holder for rural issues and cultural services, said: “This is fantastic news and shows how valued our libraries and cultural venues are to the residents of the East Riding.

“The figures highlight that the excellent range of services on offer are well-used and are becoming even more popular year-on-year.

“East Riding of Yorkshire Council is committed to investing in libraries.”