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Statistical bulletins on libraries and museums released

Stormont press release - Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure

The Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure (DCAL) today published the following statistical bulletins: “Experience of the public library service adults in Northern Ireland” and “Experience of museums and science centres by adults in Northern Ireland”.

These two statistical bulletins report on the findings from the 2012/13 Continuous Household Survey.
 

  • Key findings in relation to experience of the public library service by adults in Northern Ireland from the 2012/13 Continuous Household Survey:
  • Just over three out of every 10 (31%) of the adult population had used the public library service in the previous year, with a higher proportion of females (37%) than males (25%) having done so.
  • A higher proportion of people with responsibility for a child than those with no such responsibility had used the public library service within the last year (40% and 27% respectively).
  • Overall, more than seven out of every 10 (73%) were satisfied with public library provision in Northern Ireland. Only 3% stated that they were dissatisfied with public library provision in Northern Ireland.
  • Key findings in relation to experience of museums and science centres by adults in Northern Ireland from the 2012/13 Continuous Household Survey:
  • Eighty-three per cent of the adult population had been to a museum in Northern Ireland in their lifetime. Forty-eight per cent had been to a museum or science centre within the previous year, while 38% had been to one or more of the four national museums under National Museums Northern Ireland (NMNI).
  • The most popular reason for going to a museum was “to see a specific exhibition or display” with a third of adults (34%) giving this reason. The most popular reason for not going to a museum was “not really interested”, with 36% of the adults stating this.
  • Adults living in the 20% least deprived areas were more likely to have been to a museum in their lifetime (92%) and also more likely to have been to a museum or science centre within the previous year (61%) compared to those living in any other areas.


The bulletins are available on the DCAL website: http://www.dcalni.gov.uk/libraries_publications.htm and http://www.dcalni.gov.uk/museums_publications.htm

No hard copies of these reports have been published. Requests or enquiries concerning these publications should be directed to:

Research and Statistics Branch
Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure
Causeway Exchange
1-7 Bedford Street
Belfast
BT2 7EG

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