Hackney has eight libraries, (see Local Services and Support Services) which are currently open for an aggregated total of 444.5 hours each week.  In 2014/15, there were 1.7m visits to libraries in Hackney, an increase of 10% since 2010/11.  There are over 177,000 registered Hackney library card holders and 56,000 active users.C  Approximately 10,000 non-members also use libraries for reasons other than borrowing books – using the study space, reading books without borrowing them, attending events or accessing the free Wi-Fi.  In addition in 2014/15 over 700 people received regular home visits from the Community Libraries Service (see Local Services and Support Services for details of this service).

The City of London has five major libraries, three of which are ‘community libraries’, as described in Local Services and Support Services.

At the end of December 2015, the total number of members of City of London libraries was 35,981, with the majority being City workers.

A 2014 survey of the City’s lending library users found that 63% used the libraries for leisure activities; over half (55%) for study and learning and over a third (33%) for health and wellbeing matters. 2 Additionally, 22% of people used the libraries to assist with their own job and/or seeking employment, 15% to improve skills for life and 12% to assist with family and relationship issues.

Hackney Museum receives approximately 30,000 visits a year.  Approximately 5,000 children from 90% of local primary schools are engaged with the museum and the schools programme.D  (See Local Services and Support Services)

There are numerous museums and other cultural attractions in the City of London attracting thousands of visitors each year.  This includes various museums (including the Museum of London), art galleries at the Barbican Centre and the Guildhall, plus a concert hall, theatre and cinema also at the Barbican Centre.

Hackney Archives receives more than 3,000 visitors per year, and over the past two years more than 1,100 volunteer hours were donated through the volunteer programme.  Hackney libraries and Hackney Museum also rely heavily on volunteers – in 2014/15, there were 107 volunteers in libraries of all ages and 1,500 volunteer hours were donated at the Hackney Museum.

Notes

  1. A library user who has taken out material (e.g. a book or DVD )r used the computer facilities within a 12 month period
  2. https://tfl.gov.uk/info-for/schools-and-young-people/safety-and-citizenship
  3. A library user who has taken out material (e.g. a book or DVD )r used the computer facilities within a 12 month period
  4. https://tfl.gov.uk/info-for/schools-and-young-people/safety-and-citizenship

References

  1. City of London Corporation, “Libraries Customer Services Survey 2014,” (unpublished)
  2. City of London Corporation, “Libraries Customer Services Survey 2014,” (unpublished)