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Annual reading report of Ningbo Library released

On January 21, the annual reading report of Ningbo Library was released. In 2019, the new venue of the library and the Yongfeng Hall of the library received 2.02 million visits, with the book borrowing and returning volume of 4.097 million by 1.097 readers. Among others, the readers of the age group between 30 and 40 years old were the major force for book reading, with the book borrowing of 810,000 volumes by over 230,000 readers. The books borrowed by children accounted fro 53% of the total, more than those by adult readers.

According to the report, the new venue of the library has now 2.84 million volumes of books, with the newly added 283,000 volumes in 2019. There are now 213,000 readers with library cards. The visit volume of the digital resources of the online library

system stood at 92.5 million, and the download volume was 12.69 million.

As the executor and guide of the city’s mass reading campaign, Ningbo Library has actively explored the unique ways of reading promotion, like building such reading promotion brands as “Tianyi Lecture Hall” and “Tianyi Music”, and carried out more than 1,100 lectures, exhibitions and reader activities throughout the year. There are now 30 “Tianyi Book Reservation” credit lending service points. A total of nearly 30,000 users have borrowed about 250,000 volumes of books through the service points. Since its opening a year ago, the new library has received 1.45 million visits, demonstrating good social benefits.

The most popular books with children are “The lost Little Bat”, “The Legend of Zhaozhou Bridge” and the picture book “Brightest Eyes”. While the most popular books with adult readers are “The Moon and Sixpence”, “My Memories of Old Beijing” and “No Longer Human”.

The readers aged from 30 to 40 account for 34% of the total, those aged from 41 to 50 account for 23% and those aged under 18 only account for 10%. The report also shows that in terms of the average borrowing number, the readers aged over 50 ranked No.1, with 25 books per reader, and those aged under 18 ranked No.2, with 22 books per reader. The average number borrowed by the readers aged from 18 to 30 was only nine books, less than half of the senior and younger readers

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