Number of visitors to libraries

Monitoring

Rolling annual number of visitors to libraries operated by or on behalf of Shropshire Council.

Overall visitor numbers to libraries have continued to slowly decline during 2017/18. This follows a long term decline which has been experienced by library authorities across the country. Key challenges to libraries has been the change of reading habits with easy access to electronic reading devices, reduced demand for reference services with easy access to information and news services via search engines.

When comparing the same period last year there has been a 10.98% reduction in visitor numbers Q4 16/17 1,013,505 compared to Q4 17/18 902,231.