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Children's public library usage in England 2008-2020, by age

This statistic presents the share of children, by age, who visited a public library in the last year in England, according to annual surveys conducted between 2008/09 and 2019/20. In 2019/20, around 63.6 percent of younger children (5 to10 years old) have used the library and 58 percent of the older group (11 to 15 years old).

Share of children who visited a library in England from 2008/09 to 2019/20, by age

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Sources

Release date

September 2020

Region

United Kingdom (England)

Survey time period

2008/09 to 2019/20**

Number of respondents

1,454*

Age group

5-15 years

Method of interview

Face-to-face interview

Supplementary notes

* Base for 2019/20: 5-10 year olds: n= 834; 11-15 year olds: n= 620;
2018/19: 5-10 year olds: n= 999; 11-15 year olds: n= 645;
2017/18: 5-10 year olds: n= 909; 11-15 year olds: n= 671.
2016/17: 5-10 year olds: n= 967; 11-15 year olds: n= 638.
2015/16: 5-10 year olds: n= 1096; 11-15 year olds: n= 684
2014/15: 5-10 year olds: n= 1,104; 10-15 year olds: n= 721.
2013/14: 5-10 year olds: n= 1233; 10-15 year olds n=786.
2012/13: 5-10 year olds: n= 1136; 10-15 year olds n=801.
2011/12: 5-10 year olds: n= 1040; 10-15 year olds n=771.
2010/11: 5-10 year olds: n= 1590; 10-15 year olds n=1116.
2009/10: 5-10 year olds: n= 1809; 10-15 year olds n=1350.
2008/09: 5-10 year olds: n= 1476; 10-15 year olds n=1146.

** Survey periods run April to March.

The source provides the following additional information: "Data for 5-10 year olds relates to out of school activities only. Data for 11-15 years olds relates to activities undertaken both in and out of school."

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