Johnsonville Library sees more foot traffic

Johnsonville Library sees more foot traffic

Johnsonville Library has seen a large increase in foot traffic since the central libraries closure. Photo: Rachel Moore

Johnsonville Library has seen a big increase in foot traffic since the Wellington central library closed its doors.

Wellington City Council coach library and community spaces representative Brigid Brammer said there had been only a slight change during the week but a large increase at weekends.

“I think that users who use the central library after or during their work day are coming into Johnsonville on the weekend.”Since the central library closed its doors on March 19, Saturday visitors increased by about 100.

She said there might be a further increase the longer central was closed.

The library initially increased Saturday open hours but found this was not when the public came in. It has since returned to the normal hours of 10am-4pm.

However, it is still open on Wednesdays until 8pm, as well as the normal late Friday night.

Brammer said on some days book returns were up 50%, as they had received returns from the central library stock. “It’s been positive, it’s bringing people out to the suburbs again.”

The library has gained a full time staff member and a shelver from central to keep up with the increased numbers of visitors and returns.

Customer service team member at Johnsonville library Janice Taylor said it was integrating some of this stock into their shelves.

There is a double bay where books, magazines and dvds are displayed for people to access. The shelves are refreshed as new stock is returned.

Taylor also said the way people are using libraries was changing. “People aren’t always interacting with the books, they’re interacting with the space”

She said people who worked from home often came in and used the space rather than specifically to access the books. This had increased since central’s closure.

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