Keen readers borrow 1.5million books

Published: Friday, January 3, 2020

The borough’s library network issued almost a million and a half books last year.

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The Wandsworth Heritage Service

The latest figures from public service accountancy body CIPFA show that in 2018/2019 Wandsworth residents borrowed the highest number of books in London – 1,406, 791.

Wandsworth has 11 local libraries managed on behalf of Wandsworth Council by charitable social enterprise GLL.

GLL works closely with the council to keep standards high including a wide range of online resources, a home delivery service (pictured above) the Wandsworth Heritage Service, and a busy programme of free events for children and adults including children’s craft activities and story times, author readings, adult learning classes, book and film clubs and digital support for older people.

Last year the council celebrated its libraries with a Get To Know Your Library campaign, telling local people about the great library services on offer. Highlights included drag queen story time, help to find out about your family history and the launch of the Summer Reading Challenge by TV’s Dempsey and Makepeace. Search the hashtag #gettoknowyourlibrary on twitter.

The council is also investing in new library buildings for Northcote Road, Wandsworth Town, Roehampton and York Gardens.

Wandsworth Council’s leisure and culture spokesman Cllr Steffi Sutters said: “At a time when many councils are closing down libraries, we are improving ours, and I am delighted that our investment is bearing fruit with the highest number of books loaned out in London.   

“We will continue to make libraries a priority because we know they are a crucial part of our community and a great way for people to get together, learn and have fun.”

Find out more about borough libraries at Keep up to date with events in Wandsworth libraries by following @wandsworthlibs on Twitter.

Drag Queen Story Time