Visits to libraries in Gosnells on the rise

Visits to libraries in Gosnells on the rise

IN an increasing age of digital technology, the City of Gosnells has seen an increase in library visits and members in the past five years.

The Amherst Village Library, Kenwick Library, Knowledge Centre and Thornlie Libraries all had more than 420,000 visits to its four libraries in the past financial year according to its annual report.

In the 2010/11 financial year, the city’s libraries had less than 350,000 visits and hit over 400,000 in the 2014/15 year.

The libraries have similar amounts of items loaned since five years ago, but it has dropped from almost 800,000 in 2014/15 to under 750,000 in 2015/16.

Library members have seen an increase by about 10,000 in the past five years and currently sits at more than 50,000.

The amount of programs attended has doubled in the past five years with more than 36,000 people attending library programs.

It was at under 19,000 five years ago.

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Gosnells library figures from the past five years.

                     2010/11       2011/12       2012/13       2013/14       2014/15       2015/16

Items loaned              744,729       722,603       738,084       786,449       791,488       741,582

Library visits              345,415       342,336       363,747       395,861       414,714       420,018

Library members       40,126       44,882       47,092       49,763       49,438       50,695

Program attendance       18,559       24,612       25,250       29,074       32,075       36,464