Children's library lending jumps in latest CIPFA stats

<p>Statistics from the annual library survey conducted by the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy for 2008-9 - the National Year of Reading - show a marked rise in issues for children&#39;s books across the year, corresponding with increases in children&#39;s book buying. But adult lending continued to decline, as did adult book buying.</p><p>Children&#39;s fiction showed a 6.1% rise in lending over the year, with 80.1m issues. Lending for children&#39;s non-fiction showed a smaller rise of 0.7% at 5.3m issues. Meanwhile the number of children&#39;s books bought was up by 8.8% to 3.62m, with non-fiction up 3.3% at 0.79m.</p><p>Adult reading dropped yet again, with issues for fiction and non-fiction both declining over the year (by 0.1% and 1.8% respectively). The number of adult books bought also dropped, by 3.4% for adult fiction (5.13m) and by 4.3% for adult non-fiction (2.75m). Total library visits fell during the<br />year by 1.1% to 324.99m. Total bookstock also fell by 1.6% to 99.75m.</p><p>However the number of web visits increased by 49% year on year, up from 76.2m in 2007/8 to 113.5m.</p><p>Miranda McKearney of reading charity The Reading Agency commented: &quot;The tanker is definitely turning. The growth in the reading and the digital fields is very encouraging, and it hasn&#39;t happened by chance. There&#39;s been a really big push to create a new reading offer which has been at its most marked with children&#39;s reading, and and the statistics show that the concentrated effort has had an effect.&quot;</p>