Li­brary use bucks trend

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS -

THE num­ber of vis­its to Bea­cons­field li­brary shot up nearly 50 per cent last year – while other li­braries saw num­bers de­cline.

Some 85,510 peo­ple came through the doors of the Bea­cons­field branch, in Reynolds Road.

Fac­tor­ing in es­ti­mates for De­cem­ber that brings the to­tal to 93,447 – up 43.5 per cent on their 65,133 vis­i­tors in 2013.

Lit­tle Chal­font (23.4 per cent) and Chal­font St Peter (6.7 per cent) saw a rise in vis­i­tors too, but most other li­braries ex­pe­ri­enced a fall in users.

Again tak­ing the De­cem­ber es­ti­mate into ac­count, vis­its were down 8.2 per cent in Che­sham, 7.1 per cent in Amer­sham, 4.9 per cent in Ger­rards Cross and 4.4 per cent in High Wy­combe.

Ger­rards Cross be­came a com­mu­nity li­brary in 2012, as did Chal­font St Giles which saw a de­cline of 88.3 per cent – the largest de­cline.

Over­all, there were an es­ti­mated 1.59m vis­i­tors to Buck­ing­hamshire’s li­braries.

That is down 3.9 per cent on the 1.66m who went into the county’s branches in 2013.

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