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The Carnegie UK Trust – Library usage during lockdown

Poll of UK adults about their interactions with public library services during lockdown and how it benefitted them.

  • 3 in 10 (29%) UK adults engaged with or used public library services during lockdown.
  • One in three (32%) library users used e-resources or online activities during lockdown, with almost one in five (17%) specifically seeking out online activities for babies and toddlers.
  • Of those that engaged with public library services during lockdown, at least 6 in 10 said they benefited from their engagement:
  • 68% said it provided them with useful information
  • 64% said it had a positive impact on their wellbeing
  • 65% said it helped them feel more connected to the community
  • 63% said it helped them or their child(ren) to avoid boredom
  • 7 in 10 (69%) of UK adults said it is important that public library buildings reopen their buildings after the COVID-19 lockdown.

Date Published: 12/10/2020

Categories: Public and communities | Social | UK

Client: The Carnegie UK Trust


Savanta ComRes interviewed 2,196 UK adults online between 31st July and 2nd August 2020. Data were weighted to be demographically representative of the UK by age, gender, region and social grade. Savanta ComRes is a member of the British Polling Council and abides by its rules.

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