Importance of services provided by public libraries in the United Kingdom (UK) 2012

This statistic displays how important the services provided by public libraries were to library users in the United Kigndom as of 2012. Most users thought that books to read and borrow were an important service, at 91 percent of respondents.

How important is this service that can be provided by public libraries?

Share of respondents
Books to read/borrow91%
Study materials and text books for adults80%
Free access to the internet79%
Free access to computers78%
School books and text books for children77%
Information about/for the local community76%
Services to job seekers69%
Computer and internet skills training69%
A space where the local community can meet68%
Access to information about government services66%
Information for businesses61%
Newspapers/magazine to read55%
CDs/DVDs to borrow48%
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Release date

March 2013


United Kingdom

Survey time period

October and November 2012

Number of respondents

1,432 respondents

Age group


Special properties

All library users

Method of interview

Face-to-face interview

Supplementary notes

Interviews were carried out in libraries.

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