This is Libraries Week here in the UK, so I’m posting an article everyday to celebrate how libraries connect with their communities. 

I don’t often write posts on here full of facts and figures; I usually write much more emotively, about my personal experiences as both a library user and a library employee. This time, however, I’m making an exception.

There tends to be a negative narrative in the media about libraries, usually about library closures or reductions in services due to government funding cuts, or how paid and qualified library staff are being replaced by unpaid, unqualified teams of volunteers.

It is worth reminding ourselves just how popular and successful our libraries are, and that’s where these facts and figures come in (all courtesy of the Libraries Week website).

These facts and figures are certainly worth celebrating!