Wales

Wales is leading the way in public library usage and book borrowing according to the latest figures released by the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy.

Welsh libraries enjoyed the biggest percentage increase in visitors and book issues than any other country in the UK last year. In 2008/09 there were almost 14m visits to Welsh libraries, an increase of 3.7% on the previous year, while the number of book issues by Welsh public libraries went up by 6.8% to 14.45m.

Wales is also the only country to show an increase in the number of active borrowers, up by 1.1%, compared with drops in all other three countries. Get more information on the statistics on the BBC Wales News website.

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