Hackney Council bucking the trend with 1.7 million library visits in a year


Last year over 1.7 million visits were made to Hackney’s eight libraries, making them some of the busiest in the Capital.

Hackney is bucking the trend with the use of the libraries increasing almost every year for the last decade. As World Book Day (5 March) approaches Hackney Council is encouraging more people to take advantage of what’s on offer in Hackney’s libraries.

In 2014/15 customers borrowed nearly 900,000 books and CDs and DVDs. The 210 free PCs clocked up 202,000 hrs of use! Nowadays, libraries are not just about borrowing books, the quiet study space is very popular with local pupils and students, job seekers can use the computers and you can find information on almost anything, including how to improve your health and activities within the borough.

Cllr Jonathan McShane, Cabinet Member for Health, Social Care and Culture, Hackney Council
We want more people to see the value of their local library and realise what a fantastic resource they are. Not only can you can borrow the latest bestseller, you can use the internet, get involved with events and activities - and all for free. They are also a great place to find out information about your local area and our friendly staff are always on hand. If you’re not already a member, why not visit a Hackney library and start taking advantage of what's on offer.
Cllr Jonathan McShane, Cabinet Member for Health, Social Care and Culture, Hackney Council

The Council’s eight libraries are a fantastic community resource – with over a quarter of a million books, online resources and catalogues, and over 50,000 DVDs and CDs just waiting to be borrowed, and all for free!Hackney libraries have regular book promotions and events and three of the libraries open on Sundays. Every library offers free Wi-Fi and internet access. All libraries also have quiet study space and a wide range of study materials.