Tawa Library visitors on the decline

Tawa Library visitors on the decline

Over 6000 fewer people came through the Tawa library's doors last year PHOTO: Adam Blackwell

The Mervyn Kemp Library in Tawa has introduced new initiatives to get people through the door.

Over 6000 fewer people visited the library last year compared to the previous year, a 25% decrease.

Wellington City Libraries enquires team leader, Joanne Horner said that new ideas were always needed to keep people using the library.

“We’re always looking for innovative reasons which encourage people to visit, keep learning, expand their literacy, and explore new ideas.”

One of those initiatives is the @ Six programmes which sees the Mervyn Kemp Library host a different activity each Thursday of the month.

The programming is community lead with activities including writing, knitting, movies, and genealogy.

Technology is also a big factor in getting people to use the library services with digital training courses and iPads for loan available.

The Mervyn Kemp Library has six iPads which can be borrowed for three weeks at a time at a cost of $5.

Horner said these initiatives “complement” the Library’s collections, displays, and online services.

Despite the decrease in visitors last year the Library actually had an increase in the number of books that were issued.

Books issued raised by almost 5% from 28,553 to 29,997.

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