I see that Brent has updated the library figures on its web site. For a while they stopped doing this, which is a pity as Brent Library Service is a real success for the Council.
The pattern of the latest figures is not dramatically different from the half year figures I published before. Visits in the third quarter again show good growth on the same period in the previous year (28.8%). Loan figures don't have that level of growth, which might confirm those who believe that book loans are becoming less central to libraries as IT becomes more important.
Once again, the new Wembley Library shows remarkable growth, which makes me glad that we resisted pressure to downgrade it when the Libraries Transformation Project was being developed.