Enthusiastic library users in Ipswich

READERS in Ipswich have been recognised as some of the most enthusiastic library goers in the country, it has emerged.The County Library has made the top ten in a list of the busiest libraries in Great Britain.

READERS in Ipswich have been recognised as some of the most enthusiastic library goers in the country, it has emerged.

The County Library has made the top ten in a list of the busiest libraries in Great Britain.

The survey, carried out by the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA), revealed the Northgate Street-based library received 868,088 visits last year - placing it in sixth place.

The library is clearly bucking the national trend which has seen the number of visitors to public libraries plummet.

The East of England is one of only three regions where visitor numbers have increased from last year, and is represented twice in the top ten.

The Norfolk and Norwich Millennium Library tops the poll with nearly 1.5 million visits in 2007.

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Julian Mund, director of operations at CIPFA, said: “This survey illustrates clearly the major role libraries still play in the cultural life of our towns and cities.

“Whether they are used for borrowing books, films and music, doing research or using the internet, libraries are at the heart of our communities and need to be given the strongest support.”

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