Our libraries are ranked among the busiest in the UK!

Woolwich Library

Published: Wednesday, 5 April 2023

According to national statistics, the Royal Greenwich Libraries are among the busiest libraries in the UK.

Residents make up the largest number of 12 libraries in the borough with Royal Greenwich ranking as the place with the most visits to population*.

With 547,440 walking through the doors between 2020 and 2021, Woolwich Center Library also stood out nationally by being the second busiest library in the UK.

Along with the tour of all the boroughs of London, Royal Greenwich borrows the fourth highest number of books a staggering 777,976 times a year.

Councilor Adel Khaireh, cabinet member for equality, culture and communities, said: “Our libraries offer much more than books. They provide a welcoming place to spend the day, free access to computers, advice centers and a range of activities for all ages.

“These figures prove how important our libraries are to our communities. We are very proud of the variety of activities that bring people together and ensure that as a city we have the best possible services for our residents Are.”

Paul Drumm, GLL Library Partnership Manager for the Royal Borough of Greenwich, said: “These great figures reflect the continuing importance and relevance of public libraries at the heart of local communities for business, study, recreation or just the pleasure of reading.

“I commend our council partners for continuing to support public library services for the health and wellbeing of local communities.”

Find your nearest library and all the activities they offer at royalgreenwich.gov.uk/libraries

*Greenwich has 4057.6 visits per 1,000 population (the second largest is Richmond-on-Thames with 2490.2 per 1,000 population).

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