Public Libraries: Internet

House of Lords written question – answered on 30th March 2010.

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To ask Her Majesty's Government in the light of the figures provided in the analysis of the People's Network in the recent Policy Statement on the Modernisation Review of Public Libraries, what information is available on the numbers of visits made to public libraries to use the internet in each year since 2003.

Photo of Lord Davies of Oldham Lord Davies of Oldham Deputy Chief Whip (House of Lords), HM Household, Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Captain of the Queen's Bodyguard of the Yeomen of the Guard (HM Household) (Deputy Chief Whip, House of Lords) , Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs) (and Deputy Chief Whip)

The three-yearly public library user survey found that 25 per cent of library users surveyed in 2006-07 intended to use a computer during their visit to the library.

In December 2009, the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) commissioned Ipsos MORI to carry out research into public library usage. This involved face-to-face surveys with a representative sample of 5,000 people aged 15-plus in England. This Omnibus survey found that 16 per cent of library users had used a library computer when visiting the library. From 2011, the Omnibus survey questions on use of library computers will be included in the DCMS Taking Part survey.

DCMS does not hold centrally the number of visits made to public libraries to use the internet in each year since 2003.

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