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A Quarter of a Century of Book Borrowing

Clare Champion, 21st April 2006

A look at the library statistics over the last 25 years shows an increase of 40% in the number of books being borrowed now than in 1980. A remarkable statistic when one considers the number of distractions now compared to 1980. We now have multichannel, sports channels, dvd's, playstations, increased foreign travel ipods, mp3, videos, personal computers, broadband, etc.

Over 11 million books have been issued in the various branch libraries throughout the county and the following list outlines the figures for each individual branch.

Branch Library Issues New Branch
de Valera Public Library, Ennis 3,547,882 (new branch in 1975)
Sean Lemass Public Library, Shannon 1,777,172 (new branch in 1983)
Kilrush Public Library 1,180,172 (new branch in 1981)
Ennistymon Public Library 1,023128 (new branch in 1981)
Killaloe Public Library 524,939 (new branch 1994)
Newmarket on Fergus Public Librray 501,300 (new branch in 1982)
Dr. Patrick J. Hillery Public Library, Miltown Malbay 490,912 (new branch in 1995)
Sweeney Memorial Public Library, Kilkee 406,630 (since 1985)
Tulla Public Library 391,044 (new branch in 1985)
Scariff Public Library 367,705 (new branch under construction)
Kilfinaghty Public Library, Sixmilebridge 258,027 (new branch in 2001)
Corofin Public Library 219,347 (new branch in 1992)
Kildysart Public Library 200,414 (new branch in 2003)
Lisdoonvarna Public Library 146,014 (new branch in 1999)
Kilmihil Public Library 101,752 (since 1987. new branch in 2003)

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