Trafford Council’s libraries are bucking a national trend - by increasing visitor numbers.
As libraries nationwide report a reduction in usage and items borrowed, Trafford saw an increase in 2018/19.
The most recent figures from The Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA) show a decline of four per cent in library use nationally.
The Council, which opened a new state-of-the-art library in Altrincham earlier this year, is delighted with the news of the increase.
Sarah Curran, Trafford Council’s Head of Customer Service, said:
We are proud of our libraries here in Trafford and very much believe they are an integral part of community life. We are happy to report there has been a 3% increase in the number of people visiting the libraries and a 4% increase in the number of items borrowed.
We are totally committed to our libraries and feel they are an important asset for everyone in the borough. Libraries are there to encourage individuals and families to read more and to be used as a community space for events and activities.”
In April last year, Trafford became the first large authority in the country to abolish overdue charges in its libraries, giving library users access to a completely free loan service. Other local authorities are now looking to follow suit.
In recent years, two new libraries have opened in the north and south of the borough in Old Trafford and Altrincham with a further new library in Timperley currently in the process of being built.
Posted on Friday 26th April 2019