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Performance and financial data for 2013/14

Performance and financial data for 2013/14 are now available for each of Devon’s 50 static libraries. This information was not available when the library consultation was launched in April 2014.

In 2013/14:

  • Library visits across the county fell slightly by just over 1%
  • Lending of books and other items fell by over 8% (Children’s lending fell by over 4%)
  • The number of PC sessions increased by over 2.5% and the number of PC hours used increased by over 30% (as a result of the removal of charges in Oct 2013)
  • Wi-Fi use across the service increased by over 50%
  • The number of active borrowers decreased by over 5%

Some libraries have experienced an increase in direct costs, whilst others have experienced a decrease in costs. The reasons for increased costs vary but include:

  • Increased relief staffing to cover periods of long term sickness by permanent members of staff
  • Decreased income levels
  • Increased premises and IT costs due to delayed invoicing by partner agencies, one off maintenance or increased business rates

If you have any queries relating to this information please email librarystrategyfeedback@devon.gov.uk