Liz Macdonald
Year: 2012

What Next For Public Libraries in Northern Ireland?

  This factsheet provides a summary of Northern Irish data on attitudes to and use of public library services. The research shows that people in Northern Ireland still love libraries,with over two-thirds (65%) believing that they are either very important or essential to their community. 40% have used a library at least once in the last year, although these figures are lower than any other part of the UK. The data also demonstrates the gap between the value placed on libraries and levels of use. The data was collected by Ipsos Mori on behalf of the Carnegie UK Trust in an omnibus poll carried out in all five jurisdictions covered by the Trust in its work (England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland). The poll was conducted over the period August – October 2011. A total of 1009 adults aged 16 and over were surveyed in Northern Ireland. The full research report containing data from across the UK as well as review of the current policy debate can be found here and additional factsheets for Scotland, England, Wales and the Republic of Ireland are also available. A discussion paper which sets out the main questions which the Trust believes need to be answered in order to move towards a public library service fit for the 21st century can be found here.

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