Our libraries are ranked among the busiest in the UK!

Wednesday 5 April 2023

Royal Greenwich libraries are among the busiest libraries in the UK, according to national statistics.

Residents are making the most of the 12 libraries in the borough with Royal Greenwich ranking as the location with the most visits compared to its population*.

Woolwich Centre Library also stood out nationally by being the second busiest library in the UK, thanks to 547,440 walking through the doors between 2020 and 2021. 

Along with visits, of all London boroughs, Royal Greenwich loaned the fourth highest number of books, giving out a staggering 777, 976 times in a year. 

Councillor Adel Khaireh, Cabinet Member for Equality, Culture and Communities said: “Our libraries offer so much more than books. They offer a welcoming space to spend the day, free to use computers, advice hubs and a range of activities for all ages. 

“These figures prove just how important our libraries are to our communities. We’re so proud of the diverse activities bringing people together and ensuring that as a borough we have the best services possible for our residents." 

Paul Drumm, GLL Libraries Partnership Manager for the Royal Borough of Greenwich said: “These great figures show the continued importance and relevance of public libraries at the heart of local communities for business, study, entertainment or just for the pleasure of reading. 

“I applaud our council partners for continuing to support public library services for the health and wellbeing of local communities.” 

Find your nearest library and all the activities on offer at royalgreenwich.gov.uk/libraries 



*Greenwich has 4057.6 visits per 1,000 population (the second highest is Richmond-upon-Thames with 2490.2 per 1,000 population).