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Children help lift library borrowing figures

13th May 2010

Library borrowing figures in the UK have been bolstered by an increase in the number of children taking out books.

According to a new report from the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA), 310.8 million books were borrowed during the 2008/09 financial year, representing a one per cent annual increase.

The CIPFA claims that the upward trend, which is the first of its kind in book borrowing for a decade, is being driven by renewed interest in literature amongst the young.

The number of children's books borrowed from libraries jumped by five per cent last year - reaching 95.4 million.

Moreover, the number of visits to library websites increased by 49 per cent.

Miranda McKearney, director of national charity the Reading Agency, welcomed the news, declaring: 'The tanker is turning around. These statistics tell an important story about the public's response to the new way libraries are promoting reading and offering digital access.'

The most popular library book of the last decade was Jacqueline Wilson's The Story of Tracy Beaker, which was borrowed more than 16 million times over the ten-year period.

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