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Public library usage in England 2005-2019

From 2005 to 2019, the share of individuals that visited a public library in England decreased gradually. According to the survey, roughly 48 percent of respondents claimed to have visited a public library in 2005. This share reached a record low of 31.4 percent in 2019.

Share of respondents that visited a public library in England from 2005 to 2019

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Sources

Release date

September 2020

Region

United Kingdom (England)

Survey time period

2005 to 2019

Number of respondents

7,502*

Special properties

visited within the year previous to survey

Supplementary notes

*Base of most recent survey. n (2018) = 8,161, n (2017) = 7,715, 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 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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