Library use bucks trend
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.