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Carnegie library the busiest in the North

Bangor's Carnegie Library is the busiest in Northern Ireland, according to the latest UK library survey issued by the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA).

Bangor Carnegie issued the most items — a whopping 273,853 — while Derry Central had the highest number of visitors with 362,045.

The CIPFA survey also shows that volunteering — central to the coalition Government’s vision for the ‘Big Society’ — has risen in public libraries in the past year.

The total number of volunteers in UK libraries rose by 7.7 per cent to 17,111 people.

Over the same period, the number of library staff dropped by 3.4 per cent to 24,765.

Chris Greene, CIPFA’s Head of Research and Statistics said: “This fantastic achievement shows that modern libraries are as relevant to their communities as ever.

“In the light of the Big Society agenda, it is also interesting to note the significant rise in the level of volunteering in UK libraries.”

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