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libraries & communities

The Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport has the statutory responsibility to oversee the delivery of the English public library service by local library authorities and promote its development under the Public Libraries and Museums Act 1964, ensuring that public library authorities in England provide a 'comprehensive and efficient' library service.
 
The public library service in England is run by 149 separate library authorities which operate a network of over 3000 central and branch libraries and 500 mobile libraries which offer a range of services spanning  education, information and recreation many of which are free.          
 
  


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Culture Secretary Tessa Jowell announces an extra 2 million for library improvements. [21 June 2004]





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facts and figures
60% of people hold a public library ticket.
 
There are around 400 million visits to public libraries every year.
 
10 million people make a visit to a public library at least once a fortnight.