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Stirling libraries most popular on Scottish mainland

People in Stirling borrow more library books than anywhere else in mainland Scotland.

That’s according to new research.

Last year, 4,900 books were loaned per 1,000 people – a figure only bettered in Scotland by the islands of Orkney and Shetland.

Convener of the Community Planning and Regeneration Committee, Cllr Chris Kane said: “These fantastic figures demonstrate the strong community support Stirling Libraries enjoy, which is also reflected in the strategy.

“The presentation highlighted the phenomenal work of Stirling libraries digital services, who have grasped the importance of our libraries remaining relevant in the 21st century, embarking on a remarkable modernisation programme which may have gone under the radar.

“Stirling libraries do a magnificent job in our communities and are hugely popular among citizens on the evidence of these latest figures. By maximising new technology, the service will ensure libraries will continue to perform an essential role for future generations.

“The clear Administration commitment to support libraries as 21st century digitally-competent community hubs, and the ambition and innovation of the libraries and archives team, requires a strategy to provide clear direction and priorities.”

“I am confident that libraries and archives will use this strategy to deliver a forward-facing service which will extend access to opportunities and enhance the wellbeing and regeneration of our communities.”

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