Whilst this measures physical use of our library which has been falling, more people are taking to technology to access services.
The virtual library received over 4 million visits during 2016/17 and use of apps, downloadable services and online booking have all increased. 41% of all library renewals were made online while reading of e-newspapers and e-magazines has increased by 91% and streaming of e-music tracks has increased by 25%. There has been a 6% increase in loans of audiobooks made via the virtual library compared to last year. Over half of the tickets for Leighton Buzzard Theatre are now purchased online.