|COVENTRY INDICATORS - SOCIAL & ECONOMIC
Access To Information
Access to information is important for people
of all ages so that we can make fully informed decisions about issues that affect our
quality of life. The number of visits to libraries and percentage of the citys
population registered as users have been chosen because they represent how many people
have regular access to information through use of their library.
Local libraries are also
important centres of local community information and activity. In 1997/8, 27% of the
population were actively using libraries (ie were registered library users). This is the
first year that this has been recorded so we will use this as a starting point to see
whether access increases or decreases. However, there has been a decrease in the total
visits to Coventry libraries since 1995. This follows a national trend and may be
associated with competition from many other information sources such as Internet.