Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

'Don't Shelve Our Libraries' Is Message of Poll

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

'Don't Shelve Our Libraries' Is Message of Poll

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Byline: Dan O'Donoghue Reporter dan.odonoghue@trinitymirror.com

WE still love our libraries, here in the North East.

The decreasing popularity of libraries has been felt less in our region than in others, a survey shows.

The Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (Cipfa) study has found that library visitor numbers in the North East are down 2.6% over a five-year period, compared with 14% nationally.

Although library visits fell by 200,000, from 11 million to 10.8 million, the relatively small drop has been taken as a sign that people in the region still value libraries. No region recorded a rise in visits.

Paul Frost of the Seven Stories children's literature centre said: "Libraries play a significant role in ensuring that children have access to the world of books regardless of background. The relatively low decrease in visitor numbers in the North East compared with the national statistics suggests that they continue to play a crucial role across the region, no doubt in part due to the hard work and dedication of the people who work in our libraries. …

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