A report to council committee from York Libraries indicates that many branches had seen increased numbers of visitors over the last year.
The report, from the independent mutual organisation, says,
“Overall the number of visits to libraries is up 8% on last year.
Book issues are down 1%, but there are increases at some libraries and in some formats. Ebook and audio download borrowing continues to grow massively, up 44% on last year.
Book issues are also up at York Explore (4%) which shows the success of the recent changes to the layout and display of stock.
Loan of toys is up by 113%.
There are a few libraries who are struggling and we are planning interventions to look in detail at those communities to see how we can improve”.
The libraries now have 258 volunteers helping to update shelves and undertake story telling activities.
The services are hoping to find new premises for the Haxby library which was closed in July following structural safety concerns.
A report from the archives service lists new material which is available for inspection for the first time. The material includes the records of over 30 local organisations including parish councils, businesses, charities and political parties.
Date: Tue 2 Aug
Time: 1.00pm – 4.00pm
Join us for a phizz-whizzing afternoon of stories and crafts with a delumptious Dahl theme. Make your own dream jar, model a chocolate factory out of junk, build using minecraft.
Join us for a special scrumdiddlyumptious session of stories, snacks and fantabulous fun activities.