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Library Usage Statistics

ChartServing a resident population of 553,165 (Census 2016), Dublin City Public Libraries provides a wide range of services through its branch network and mobile service as well as through a number of agency services.

Statistics for 2017 include:
Number of service points: 41(21 physical locations plus mobile library stops)
Number of library visits (Actual): 2.6 million
Number of visits per person in Dublin City area: 4.7
Loans: 2.28 million


Central Library Lending Collections: a report on current usage and client satisfaction (2010)

The Central Library, Ilac Centre is Dublin’s main city library. Over 130,000 items are available in the Adult, Junior and Music collections at the Central Library.

The aims of this project were to examine current usage of the lending collections and client satisfaction. In order to add to statistical data gathered from the library management system, and provide a fuller picture, four new surveys were carried out in the Central Library in 2010. Two surveys were observational and two were questionnaire based and consulted with users directly.

Details of the Central Library Collections Survey

PLUS Public Library User Survey - Dublin City Libraries' Results (2007)

The national PLUS Public Library User Survey findings were published in September 2007. As part of this survey process, DCPL collected 1,136 questionnaires, which were administered by its frontline library staff.

The survey findings provide important information on those who use public library services, for what purpose and what they think about service provision.

Details of the PLUS Public Library User Survey - Dublin City Libraries' results