Almost 400,000 Visits To Clare Libraries In The Past Year

People visited Clare libraries almost 400,000 times in 2017.

Figures released by the local authority show Ennis was the busiest library in the country, while Lisdoonvarna’s library recorded the lowest level of footfall.



Clare County Council says visits to our county’s libraries remained at the same level last year as they did in 2016, with 395,820 people passing through the 16 facilities.

Ennis had the highest level of footfall, with 111,150 visits, followed by Shannon with 59,150 and Kilrush with 42,150.

Lisdoonvarna was at the lowest rung of the ladder with 807 people passing through, though the facility experienced a number of branch closures in 2017.

There was a 5% decrease in membership over the space of the year, but despite this, book loans increased by 3%, while internet usage dropped by 7%.

The local authority says there was an extensive library programme with 1,000 activities throughout the branch network in 2017 and that similar activity is planned for this year.