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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-02014: Miles Briggs (Lothian)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 18 August 2016

To ask the Scottish Government how many libraries have closed in each year since 1999, broken down by local authority.

Answered by: Fiona Hyslop 13 September 2016

The information requested is not held centrally. The Scottish Government funds the Scottish Library and Information Council to provide independent advice to the Scottish Government on library and information services and to act as a leadership body for the sector. Details of library closures for all parts of the UK since 2010 is provided in the following table:

 

2010-11

2011-12

2012-13

2013-14

2014-15

Change over the period

Percentage (%)

Scotland

619

610

606

609

602

-17

-2.75

England

3469

3320

3261

3226

3169

-300

-8.65

Northern Ireland

126

127

122

122

*

-4

-3.17

Wales

378

327

324

325

288

-90

-23.81

UK

4592

4384

4313

4282

4059

-533

-11.61

*No return in 2014-15. Libraries across NI operate as single service. Confirmed current figure is 98.

(information provided by SLIC utilising CIPFA data)

SLIC can provide information on the local library landscape in Scotland, and can be contacted using the details below:

Pamela Tulloch

Chief Executive Officer

Scottish Library and Information Council

Suite 2.4

Turnberry House

175 West George Street

Glasgow

G2 2LB

t: 0141 202 2999

e: p.tulloch@scottishlibraries.org

w: www.scottishlibraries.org