Not enough active borrowers in Southampton, according to study

City libraries rapped for lack of readers

City libraries rapped for lack of readers

First published in News Daily Echo: Photograph of the Author by , Parliamentary Correspondent

LIBRARIES in Southampton fail to attract enough “active borrowers”, according to a Government study.

In contrast, the library service run by Hampshire County Council is praised because it “engages well” with local people and tempts more visitors.

However, a reader requesting a missing book is more likely to receive it within one week in Southampton than if they live elsewhere in Hampshire.

And both authorities can claim to issue more books than the average across England, regardless of the numbers through their doors.

Those are some of the conclusions of new “comparative profiles” of local councils, produced by the Department for Culture Media and Sport (DCMS).

They are intended to help library authorities ensure they are delivering a good service for local people – and to identify where they are falling short.

The profiles – produced for some, but not all, councils – cover scores of measures, taking in library users, resources, workload, stock and performance.

They cover the 12 months to March 2013, two years after the start of steep cuts to town hall budgets which sparked protests over library closures in some areas.

Each authority is compared with a “basket” of councils of similar size elsewhere in England, rather than all others – so Southampton is not directly compared with Hampshire.

Based on research by the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy, the study says Southam-pton has fewer libraries – 12 – than its peers.

And it concludes: “The library service does not engage as well with the population when compared to the other authorities.”

Hampshire, however, can still boast 59 libraries, described as “one of the highest numbers of libraries within the group”.

The research adds: “Hampshire is in the top quartile suggesting that the library service engages well with the population when compared to the other authorities.”

Budgets are also compared, showing Southampton spends less on its libraries than other authorities – while Hampshire’s spending is about average.

But the county council successfully supplied only 59 per cent of book requests within seven days, while Southampton managed 63.9 per cent.

Southampton leisure boss Councillor Matt Tucker said a review into the future of the library services currently under way would address any failings.

In terms of the spending, he said the city was under severe financial strain following years of Government cuts.

He also questioned if library usage could be measured by people borrowing books alone because people now have access to e-books and other digital services available in city libraries.

No one at Hampshire County Council was available to comment.

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11:58am Mon 26 May 14

SPIKEISLANDTRADER says...

E books are the 21st century , not the dusty old book shelfs of worn out pages . . Library s are now like museum s and a real waste on COUNCIL budgets . Welcome to the future .
E books are the 21st century , not the dusty old book shelfs of worn out pages . . Library s are now like museum s and a real waste on COUNCIL budgets . Welcome to the future . SPIKEISLANDTRADER
  • Score: -9

12:02pm Mon 26 May 14

Huffter says...

SPIKEISLANDTRADER wrote:
E books are the 21st century , not the dusty old book shelfs of worn out pages . . Library s are now like museum s and a real waste on COUNCIL budgets . Welcome to the future .
You can borrow e-books from libraries.
[quote][p][bold]SPIKEISLANDTRADER[/bold] wrote: E books are the 21st century , not the dusty old book shelfs of worn out pages . . Library s are now like museum s and a real waste on COUNCIL budgets . Welcome to the future .[/p][/quote]You can borrow e-books from libraries. Huffter
  • Score: 8

12:07pm Mon 26 May 14

southy says...

Libraries may not get enough borrowers, but they do get more than enough people in Libraries to do research in the Reference sections as the internet can not be trusted on the information that gets posted and a cross reference in paper form is needed.
Libraries may not get enough borrowers, but they do get more than enough people in Libraries to do research in the Reference sections as the internet can not be trusted on the information that gets posted and a cross reference in paper form is needed. southy
  • Score: 2

12:16pm Mon 26 May 14

10 Minute Man says...

Ah, this will be warmly greeted by the council as 'independent' 'proof' that they should slash services, close branches, and nobody will mind because they don't user them.

WRONG !
Ah, this will be warmly greeted by the council as 'independent' 'proof' that they should slash services, close branches, and nobody will mind because they don't user them. WRONG ! 10 Minute Man
  • Score: 4

12:48pm Mon 26 May 14

SPIKEISLANDTRADER says...

Huffter wrote:
SPIKEISLANDTRADER wrote:
E books are the 21st century , not the dusty old book shelfs of worn out pages . . Library s are now like museum s and a real waste on COUNCIL budgets . Welcome to the future .
You can borrow e-books from libraries.
YOU could if the library s went 21st century
[quote][p][bold]Huffter[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]SPIKEISLANDTRADER[/bold] wrote: E books are the 21st century , not the dusty old book shelfs of worn out pages . . Library s are now like museum s and a real waste on COUNCIL budgets . Welcome to the future .[/p][/quote]You can borrow e-books from libraries.[/p][/quote]YOU could if the library s went 21st century SPIKEISLANDTRADER
  • Score: -5

1:16pm Mon 26 May 14

Shoong says...

southy wrote:
Libraries may not get enough borrowers, but they do get more than enough people in Libraries to do research in the Reference sections as the internet can not be trusted on the information that gets posted and a cross reference in paper form is needed.
Chuck us another You Tube link then.
[quote][p][bold]southy[/bold] wrote: Libraries may not get enough borrowers, but they do get more than enough people in Libraries to do research in the Reference sections as the internet can not be trusted on the information that gets posted and a cross reference in paper form is needed.[/p][/quote]Chuck us another You Tube link then. Shoong
  • Score: 0

1:53pm Mon 26 May 14

Linesman says...

southy wrote:
Libraries may not get enough borrowers, but they do get more than enough people in Libraries to do research in the Reference sections as the internet can not be trusted on the information that gets posted and a cross reference in paper form is needed.
You are right southy. Wikipedia, for example, has been hacked, and incorrect information added, so cannot be relied upon.

I have no doubt that if you had made that post under a different name, the 'thumbs down' would have been replaced by 'thumbs up.'
[quote][p][bold]southy[/bold] wrote: Libraries may not get enough borrowers, but they do get more than enough people in Libraries to do research in the Reference sections as the internet can not be trusted on the information that gets posted and a cross reference in paper form is needed.[/p][/quote]You are right southy. Wikipedia, for example, has been hacked, and incorrect information added, so cannot be relied upon. I have no doubt that if you had made that post under a different name, the 'thumbs down' would have been replaced by 'thumbs up.' Linesman
  • Score: 3

2:24pm Mon 26 May 14

bigfella777 says...

I was caught out in that monsoon rain storm riding through Portswood last week. I was so glad that the library was open to get out of the rain. I spent an hour there reading, it's a lovely old building.
I was caught out in that monsoon rain storm riding through Portswood last week. I was so glad that the library was open to get out of the rain. I spent an hour there reading, it's a lovely old building. bigfella777
  • Score: 7

3:11pm Mon 26 May 14

jonnyx says...

SPIKEISLANDTRADER wrote:
Huffter wrote:
SPIKEISLANDTRADER wrote:
E books are the 21st century , not the dusty old book shelfs of worn out pages . . Library s are now like museum s and a real waste on COUNCIL budgets . Welcome to the future .
You can borrow e-books from libraries.
YOU could if the library s went 21st century
No no. I think you misunderstand you CAN borrow e-books from libraries NOW in other words currently, at the moment, today,etc.

In the words of the manic street preachers "libraries give us power"
[quote][p][bold]SPIKEISLANDTRADER[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Huffter[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]SPIKEISLANDTRADER[/bold] wrote: E books are the 21st century , not the dusty old book shelfs of worn out pages . . Library s are now like museum s and a real waste on COUNCIL budgets . Welcome to the future .[/p][/quote]You can borrow e-books from libraries.[/p][/quote]YOU could if the library s went 21st century[/p][/quote]No no. I think you misunderstand you CAN borrow e-books from libraries NOW in other words currently, at the moment, today,etc. In the words of the manic street preachers "libraries give us power" jonnyx
  • Score: 8

3:19pm Mon 26 May 14

Huffter says...

SPIKEISLANDTRADER wrote:
Huffter wrote:
SPIKEISLANDTRADER wrote:
E books are the 21st century , not the dusty old book shelfs of worn out pages . . Library s are now like museum s and a real waste on COUNCIL budgets . Welcome to the future .
You can borrow e-books from libraries.
YOU could if the library s went 21st century
They have... and I do!
[quote][p][bold]SPIKEISLANDTRADER[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Huffter[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]SPIKEISLANDTRADER[/bold] wrote: E books are the 21st century , not the dusty old book shelfs of worn out pages . . Library s are now like museum s and a real waste on COUNCIL budgets . Welcome to the future .[/p][/quote]You can borrow e-books from libraries.[/p][/quote]YOU could if the library s went 21st century[/p][/quote]They have... and I do! Huffter
  • Score: 4

6:03pm Mon 26 May 14

southy says...

Linesman wrote:
southy wrote:
Libraries may not get enough borrowers, but they do get more than enough people in Libraries to do research in the Reference sections as the internet can not be trusted on the information that gets posted and a cross reference in paper form is needed.
You are right southy. Wikipedia, for example, has been hacked, and incorrect information added, so cannot be relied upon.

I have no doubt that if you had made that post under a different name, the 'thumbs down' would have been replaced by 'thumbs up.'
Not just Wikipedia, look at the Tory Party web pages that was there a year ago like the statements and promises that Cameron made to become PM have now been taking down by the Tory Party them selfs, History on the Bilderberg Group and its meeting from 1945 have been removed and a new one put its place from 1954, names of people who attended the meetings taken down, History being altered to suit the needs of a few.
[quote][p][bold]Linesman[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]southy[/bold] wrote: Libraries may not get enough borrowers, but they do get more than enough people in Libraries to do research in the Reference sections as the internet can not be trusted on the information that gets posted and a cross reference in paper form is needed.[/p][/quote]You are right southy. Wikipedia, for example, has been hacked, and incorrect information added, so cannot be relied upon. I have no doubt that if you had made that post under a different name, the 'thumbs down' would have been replaced by 'thumbs up.'[/p][/quote]Not just Wikipedia, look at the Tory Party web pages that was there a year ago like the statements and promises that Cameron made to become PM have now been taking down by the Tory Party them selfs, History on the Bilderberg Group and its meeting from 1945 have been removed and a new one put its place from 1954, names of people who attended the meetings taken down, History being altered to suit the needs of a few. southy
  • Score: 0

7:19pm Mon 26 May 14

Linesman says...

southy wrote:
Linesman wrote:
southy wrote:
Libraries may not get enough borrowers, but they do get more than enough people in Libraries to do research in the Reference sections as the internet can not be trusted on the information that gets posted and a cross reference in paper form is needed.
You are right southy. Wikipedia, for example, has been hacked, and incorrect information added, so cannot be relied upon.

I have no doubt that if you had made that post under a different name, the 'thumbs down' would have been replaced by 'thumbs up.'
Not just Wikipedia, look at the Tory Party web pages that was there a year ago like the statements and promises that Cameron made to become PM have now been taking down by the Tory Party them selfs, History on the Bilderberg Group and its meeting from 1945 have been removed and a new one put its place from 1954, names of people who attended the meetings taken down, History being altered to suit the needs of a few.
There is a saying that it is the winners that write the history books.
[quote][p][bold]southy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Linesman[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]southy[/bold] wrote: Libraries may not get enough borrowers, but they do get more than enough people in Libraries to do research in the Reference sections as the internet can not be trusted on the information that gets posted and a cross reference in paper form is needed.[/p][/quote]You are right southy. Wikipedia, for example, has been hacked, and incorrect information added, so cannot be relied upon. I have no doubt that if you had made that post under a different name, the 'thumbs down' would have been replaced by 'thumbs up.'[/p][/quote]Not just Wikipedia, look at the Tory Party web pages that was there a year ago like the statements and promises that Cameron made to become PM have now been taking down by the Tory Party them selfs, History on the Bilderberg Group and its meeting from 1945 have been removed and a new one put its place from 1954, names of people who attended the meetings taken down, History being altered to suit the needs of a few.[/p][/quote]There is a saying that it is the winners that write the history books. Linesman
  • Score: 2

7:24pm Mon 26 May 14

southy says...

Linesman wrote:
southy wrote:
Linesman wrote:
southy wrote:
Libraries may not get enough borrowers, but they do get more than enough people in Libraries to do research in the Reference sections as the internet can not be trusted on the information that gets posted and a cross reference in paper form is needed.
You are right southy. Wikipedia, for example, has been hacked, and incorrect information added, so cannot be relied upon.

I have no doubt that if you had made that post under a different name, the 'thumbs down' would have been replaced by 'thumbs up.'
Not just Wikipedia, look at the Tory Party web pages that was there a year ago like the statements and promises that Cameron made to become PM have now been taking down by the Tory Party them selfs, History on the Bilderberg Group and its meeting from 1945 have been removed and a new one put its place from 1954, names of people who attended the meetings taken down, History being altered to suit the needs of a few.
There is a saying that it is the winners that write the history books.
They have not won yet
[quote][p][bold]Linesman[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]southy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Linesman[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]southy[/bold] wrote: Libraries may not get enough borrowers, but they do get more than enough people in Libraries to do research in the Reference sections as the internet can not be trusted on the information that gets posted and a cross reference in paper form is needed.[/p][/quote]You are right southy. Wikipedia, for example, has been hacked, and incorrect information added, so cannot be relied upon. I have no doubt that if you had made that post under a different name, the 'thumbs down' would have been replaced by 'thumbs up.'[/p][/quote]Not just Wikipedia, look at the Tory Party web pages that was there a year ago like the statements and promises that Cameron made to become PM have now been taking down by the Tory Party them selfs, History on the Bilderberg Group and its meeting from 1945 have been removed and a new one put its place from 1954, names of people who attended the meetings taken down, History being altered to suit the needs of a few.[/p][/quote]There is a saying that it is the winners that write the history books.[/p][/quote]They have not won yet southy
  • Score: 0

7:37pm Mon 26 May 14

Datarater says...

The library should be run by retirees and run privately by them. Same kind of organisation as John Lewis.
The library should be run by retirees and run privately by them. Same kind of organisation as John Lewis. Datarater
  • Score: -4

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