Norwich’s Millennium Library most popular in the UK

The Forum and Norwich Millennium Library by night. Photo: Bill Smith

The Forum and Norwich Millennium Library by night. Photo: Bill Smith - Credit: Eastern Daily Press © 2002

Norfolk and Norwich Millennium Library has had the highest amount of visitors and issued more books than any other library in the UK for the eighth year running.

The latest annual library survey from the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA) named the city's library as the most popular in the UK run by a local authority, with 1,274,204 visitors in 2013-14.

The library issued at 1,124,406 items in the year.

The achievement comes despite the East of England undergoing one of the UK's largest percentage reductions of book stocks in its libraries. In 2013-14 this saw the region reduce its total book stock by 6.8 percent, the equivalent of 500,000 less books. Drew Cullen, from CIPFA, said: 'It's is great to see the Millennium library maintaining its appeal to the public and remaining in the heart of the community.'

The total number of libraries fell to 4,145 in 2013-14, a decline of 49.

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