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Shining a Light: the future of public libraries across the UK and Ireland

Section: In the CommunityType: News Item Date Published: 11th April 2017

The Carnegie UK Trust has today published a new report providing an insight into how people use public libraries.

The Carnegie UK Trust has published a new report providing an insight into how people in England, Ireland, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales use public libraries and what they think of them.
The ‘Shining a Light’ report looks at levels of library use, frequency of use, people’s attitude to public libraries and what people say would encourage them to make more use of public libraries.
The research was conducted with over 10,000 people via omnibus polls in 2011 and 2016 for Carnegie UK Trust by Ipsos MORI. It is the only research on public libraries that enables comparisons to be drawn between the jurisdictions of the UK and Ireland and to make comparisons across this five-year period.
The report consists of:
  • Policy report which contains the lessons from the data and recommendations for policy makers, decision makers, funders and the sector
  • Data booklet which gives the data and big picture ‘headline findings’ from across all jurisdictions
  • Five Country Factsheets which show how England, Ireland, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales are faring
  • Secondary research by Ipsos MORI which compares the findings from the Carnegie UK Trust research with those of existing research
For more information on Shining a Light or Carnegie UK Trust’s other future of public libraries work, please contact Jenny Peachey, Senior Policy Officer via Jennyp@carnegieuk.org.
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