Li­brary lends in­cred­i­ble 1,000 books ev­ery DAY

Macclesfield Express - - FRONT PAGE -

BOOK fans in Mac­cles­field are top of the class af­ter their li­brary was named the busiest in the re­gion.

Bor­row­ers in Mac­cles­field take out nearly 1,000 books a day, mak­ing it the busiest in the North West.

The fig­ure is ac­cord­ing to a sur­vey of the coun­try’s 55 uni­tary au­thor­i­ties, which found the Cheshire East’s book­worms bor­rowed more books per head of pop­u­la­tion than any other last year.

Mac­cles­field Li­brary, on Hi­bel Road, topped the list across Cheshire East, loan­ing a to­tal of 348,719 books in a year.

Julie Bul­lock, man­ager, said: “The team are thrilled to hear we are the busiest li­brary in the North West. It’s most sat­is­fy­ing to see the hard work and ded­i­ca­tion of the staff quan­ti­fied in hard fact. We have a com­mu­nity that val­ues and uses its li­brary ser­vice, who visit us and choose books to read for plea­sure, books for home­work and study, and books for life­long learn­ing. We take part in read­ing schemes and work closely with schools and have em­braced tech­no­log­i­cal ad­vances with free down­loads of E and au­dio books.”

Mac­cles­field Li­brary has nearly 15,000 mem­bers and stocks more than 54,000 books.

Of the 348,719 items bor­rowed be­tween April 1 2015 and March 31 2016, 330,858 were books, while the rest were mul­ti­me­dia items such as DVDs and talk­ing books. Fic­tion was most pop­u­lar, with 125,450 adult fic­tion and 126,330 ju­nior fic­tion items loaned dur­ing this pe­riod.

This is more than three times the amount of non-fic­tion books bor­rowed, with 65,122 adult non-fic­tion and 13,956 ju­nior non fic­tion with­drawn.

The top five adult au­thors are James Pat­ter­son, Nora Roberts, Lee Child, David Bal­dacci and Har­lan Coben. Rod­er­ick Hunt, Ju­lia Don­ald­son, Daisy Mead­ows, Jean Adam­son and Roger Har­g­reaves are the most bor­rowed chil­dren’s fic­tion.

At a time when li­braries are suf­fer­ing fund­ing cuts, work is un­der­way at Mac­cles­field to ex­pand the li­brary with a larger lo­cal stud­ies sec­tion.

Julie said: “We are un­der­go­ing an ex­cit­ing re­fur­bish­ment which in­volves the cre­ation of an ac­ces­si­ble IT suite. We are plan­ning events to cel­e­brate our re­fur­bish­ment and ser­vices and con­stantly strive to put on wide rang­ing ac­tiv­i­ties.”

For more in­for­ma­tion go to face­book.com/ Mac­cles­field­li­brary.

Man­ager Julie Bul­lock with li­brary mem­ber John Crop­per, 74

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