Less is more in the libraries of York

Visits to York's main library have fallen by more than seven per cent this year, as part of a city-wide drop, according to new figures released by York Council.

But council bosses say attendances are increasing, and claim they are on course to beat last year's total. The statistics were released by the City of York Council under the Freedom of Information Act and show that in the first six months of the current financial year, York's 15 libraries recorded 440,732 visits - down from 456,235 during the same period last year; a fall of 3.4 per cent.

The drop was most pronounced at the Central Library in Museum Street, where visits fell by 100 a day. Council leader Steve Galloway disputed the figures, and said that, far from declining, library visits were increasing.

It’s too quiet in the libraries... (The Press, York, 20 December 2006)