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British Library

Volume 458: debated on Monday 12 March 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many people used the facilities of the British Library in 2005-06. (126268)

The British Library Funding Agreement includes a set of metrics—a number of which are based on use of services—against which they report. For 2005-06 their outturns against these metrics were as follows:

Metric

2005-06 outturn

Number of visits to reading rooms

462,207

Number of items supplied/consulted remotely and on-site

5,877,321

Number of children attending educational sessions + Number of visitors to Library’s ‘learning’ website

302,367

Number of visitors to the Library’s on-site and virtual exhibitions

865,813

Number of searches of Library’s on-line catalogue

24,626,166