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Saturday 6 November 2010

Cheshire East libraries are number one!


Cheshire East Council is top of the table in a new survey of libraries across the country.

Libraries in Cheshire East issued 8,032 books for every 1,000 people – showing an average of eight books hired per person for 2009/2010.

This is the highest across the whole country, showing the Council is leaving all other unitary authorities behind.

A total of 2,913,226 books were hired from all of Cheshire East’s libraries during the year.

Councillor Andrew Knowles, Cabinet member with responsibility for health and wellbeing, said: “I was delighted to hear Cheshire East was the number one authority for books issued per 1,000 of the population.

“What is particularly impressive about this is the rural nature of our area. We are up against many urban councils, where people only have to walk a couple of minutes to reach a library.

“In Cheshire East, some people have to travel many miles to find the book, DVD or game they would like.

“This result is a positive reflection of our marvellous services and staff and the quality and quantity of our stock. The libraries in Cheshire East will continue to offer a top quality service to our residents.”

The statistics were collated by the Chartered Institute of Public Finance & Accountability (CIPFA), which researches performance in public services.

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