CIPFA report: Library bookspend shrinks again

<p>The amount of money spent on books by public libraries in the UK continued to fall in 2005-06, despite assurances from Minister for Culture David Lammy that they "remain at the heart"of the service.</p><p>Statistics from the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA) published this morning reveal a &#163;1.6m (1.6%) drop in the amount of money spent on books, as well as a 2.6% fall in actual book stocks. The decline came against a backdrop of a 3% rise in the total budget for the service, to &#163;1.13bn.</p><p>Meanwhile visitor figures rose 0.7% to 342,000 for the fif...

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