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Public library usage in England 2011-2019, by employment status

From 2011 to 2019, the share of not working individuals that reported visiting a public library in England decreased overall, passing from 41.7 percent to 33.2 percent. Similarly, the percentage of working respondents claiming to have visited a public library dropped from 36.8 percent to 30.4 percent over the period considered.

Share of respondents that visited a public library in England from 2011 to 2019, by employment status

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Release date

September 2020


United Kingdom (England)

Survey time period

2011 to 2019

Number of respondents


Special properties

visited within the year previous to survey

Supplementary notes

*Base of most recent survey. n (2018), 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.
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.

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