CORK people are the most frequent visitors to libraries in the country with the average person visiting the city’s libraries more than six times last year.
This compares with an average of 3.61 visits per year across the country’s other councils, according to the local authority watchdog, the National Oversight and Audit Commission (NOAC).
According to the report, Cork City Council also spends more on its libraries per head of population than any other council. It invested €57.47 per head of population on library services last year, €10 higher than the next highest spending local authority, Leitrim County Council.
Cork City Librarian, Liam Ronayne welcomed the figures: "A library has to be adaptable and we invested in service expansion in the past decade and this attracted a new audience to our libraries. Aside from our core book lending, we have strong interest from the public in our reference library, the many literary, archeological and heritage events that we hold and our music library. We also work with the Adult Continuing Education (ACE), to provide lectures on everything from art appreciation to Irish food”.
“We can also see from our library users than not only are we serving the serving the city itself but we also serve the wider Cork metropolitan area, a population of up to 250,000 which takes in part of the county. This is a contributory factor in why our figures are much higher than the national average”.
Cork City Council libraries are based in Bishopstown, Blackpool, Douglas, Hollyhill, Mayfield, Tory Top Road in Ballyphehane. The Central Library is on Grand Parade in the city centre.