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Volume 461: debated on Monday 4 June 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the visitor numbers recorded for the British Library were for the latest year for which figures are available; and what change this represents from (a) the previous year and (b) each of the previous five years. (139766)

The information requested is as follows.

Number of visits to reading rooms1

Visits

Percentage increase

2006-07

474,074

2005-06

462,207

2.5

2001-02

431,525

9.9

1 Comprising manual tickets issued to readers at St. Pancras; headcounts taken three times a day for the open access reading rooms at St. Pancras; daily counts of visitors to reading rooms at Boston Spa, Colindale and Philatelic Section.

Number of visits to on-site public access facilities1

Visits

Percentage increase

2006-07

510,212

2005-06

385,263

32.4

2001-02

365,792

39.5

1 Comprising number of visits to the exhibitions, auditorium events for the public and piazza events. 2005-06 Exhibition gallery visits adversely affected by terrorist activities in the vicinity.

Number of learners attending educational sessions1

Visits

Percentage increase

2006-07

10,127

2005-06

9,500

6.6

2001-02

7,604

33.2

1 Number of individual learners (schools/FE colleges) who have participated in a workshop, outreach visit or project activity.

Website visitors1

Visits

Percentage increase

2006-07

7,920,127

2005-06

4,229,076

87.3

2001-02

n/a

n/a

1 Best approximation of the use made of the BL website by individuals. Figures not available for 2001-02