There's no mystery to Richmond's library visitors

Release Date: 19/01/2017

Richmond Libraries booked their place as a top visitor location after figures reveal our much-loved service received more visits than Hampton Court Palace, London Zoo and Stonehenge in the previous year.

The record-breaking announcement comes just four weeks after Richmond Council’s Libraries were named the most popular London borough for ‘click and collect’ book request services. The page-turning statistics released by CIPFA (the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy) show 1,397,381 visits to a library in Richmond in 2016. That’s more visits than at Stonehenge (1,366,758), London Zoo (1,265,911) or Hampton Court (598,851). ( 2015*)

The figures show our residents are not just walking through the doors to borrow the service’s excellent collection of books either – a figure which stands at an impressive 1,101,853 loans in 2016. The record-breaking ‘click and collect’ reservation service ensures 78 per cent of requested books are available within seven days which is the best rate of the 33 London boroughs.

Richmond Council’s Cabinet Member for Culture, Cllr Meena Bond, said:

“This is yet more record-breaking news for our library services and testimony to all for their hard work. Important thanks to our residents who continue to support their library service and who don’t just come for books either – they took part in more than 500 children’s story time sessions, our hugely popular Summer Reading Challenge, adult literacy courses, supported reading group sessions and the hugely popular ‘Know Your Place Heritage Festival’.

“Culture, heritage and the arts are fundamental to the culture of this borough and we’re delighted by the success of our much-loved service and the dedicated staff that run them. The Council is always looking at new and innovative ways in which to improve footfall within all libraries across the borough which is why I’m confident that our record-breaking library service will continue to have the success it deserves.”

Richmond Libraries also offer access to a range of community-focused services including bookable meeting rooms, a co-working business space, free fast Wi-Fi, a range of eResources including Cloud Library e-book lending app, to name but a few.

For more information visit Richmond’s Library Service

Updated: 19 January 2017