Worcestershire celebrates library visit success

Figures for the amount of people visiting Worcestershire's libraries in 2016/17 are up by almost 60,000, showcasing positive trends against a poorer national average.

Following a recent report into library visits by the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA), Worcestershire County Council has revealed that its library visits increased from 2,770,023 in 2015/16 up to 2,827,561 in 2016/17, a rise of 57,538.

Worcestershire County Council, which has 21 libraries, has also taken the top spot when compared with other parts of the country with the highest number of visits per 1,000 resident living in the county.

Lucy Hodgson, cabinet member for Localism and Communities, said: "These results are outstanding and a real reflection of the commitment and energy given by the Library Services Team to make our libraries such a success. Our libraries have so much to offer residents, businesses and visitors to the county from free books, to courses in creative writing and booking a holiday online. I would urge anyone who isn't yet a member to join and to make the most of what is on offer."

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