Printed Date: 12/08/2020

GLL libraries excel again

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Last year was another record year for charitable leisure social enterprise GLL’s libraries division as it celebrated further success in getting more customers of all ages into libraries – and then encouraging them to borrow more books.

The CIPFA 2016 statistics show that in 2015/2016 The Royal Borough of Greenwich achieved a massive 2,408,866 visits,  the highest total number of visits to any London library authority.

In addition, Greenwich also had 8,766 visits per 1,000 population, the highest number of visits per 1,000 population across the country.

Wandsworth Borough achieved the highest number of issues in London - at 1,432,685.

The results followed the issue of stretch targets by GLL’s Libraries Division which works in a long and close partnership with the Councils in both boroughs.

The success is put down to high service standards of library staff and an evolving offer that keeps the interest of the public – including free wifi and access to computers for shopping, research, study or pleasure.

GLL’s Head of Libraries Diana Edmonds said:

“These new library figures are testament to the difference our social enterprise model brings to delivering services for the community.”

“At GLL we are passionate about libraries and work really hard to improve the libraries we manage. We are delighted that more customers are visiting our libraries and are then borrowing more books!

“We focus on providing attractive and welcoming library buildings and interiors, on providing great bookstock relevant to the communities we serve,  on a really good IT offer and on providing a full programme of activities for all ages.

“Having well trained library staff who are knowledgeable, innovative and courteous is key to our success and we acknowledge the contribution their hard work has on achieving these results.”

The news comes as Lincolnshire, GLL’s latest partnership, hit its monthly target figures for the first time since libraries in the County were transferred to its management in April.