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 and 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.
The library service continues to develop new services and initiatives to encourage use of its facilities and materials. Shropshire Libraries have launched a partnership with the online mental health service for children and young people Kooth. Kooth is a free online counselling and emotional well-being platform for children and young people accessible through mobile, tablet and desktop. During quarter 2 the library service promoted the summer reading challenge to encourage children to read throughout the school holiday period.
When comparing the same period last year there has been a reduction in visitor numbers from 944,340 to 892,703.