Share of respondents that visited a public library in England from 2005 to 2016

Public library usage in England 2005-2016 This statistic displays the usage penetration of public libraries in England from 2005 to 2016. The share of respondents that reported visiting a public library at least once in the year previous to the survey fell during the period in consideration, from 48.2 percent in 2005 to 34 percent in 2016.
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Share of respondents
200548.2%
200646.1%
200745%
200841.1%
200939.4%
201039.7%
201138.8%
201237%
201335.4%
201434.5%
201533.4%
201634%
Share of respondents
200548.2%
200646.1%
200745%
200841.1%
200939.4%
201039.7%
201138.8%
201237%
201335.4%
201434.5%
201533.4%
201634%
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This statistic displays the usage penetration of public libraries in England from 2005 to 2016. The share of respondents that reported visiting a public library at least once in the year previous to the survey fell during the period in consideration, from 48.2 percent in 2005 to 34 percent in 2016.
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Release date
December 2017
Region
United Kingdom (England)
Survey time period
2005 to 2016**
Number of respondents
9,352*
Special properties
visited within the year previous to survey
Supplementary notes
* Base of most recent survey. n (2016) = 9,352; n (2015) = 10,171; n (2014) = 9,817; n (2013) = 10,355; n (2012) = 9,838; n (2011) = 9,188; n (2010) = 14,102; n (2009) = 6,097; n (2008) = 14,452; n (2007) = 25,720; n (2006) = 24,174; n (2005) = 28,117.
** The source specifies that the most recent figures were for the period running April to September 2017.
The source indicates that the survey was a household survey. The results presented are based on interviews.
Figures exclude those who visited a library for the purposes of paid work or academic study except in 2008/09 and 2009/10.

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