No books were borrowed from a pop-up community library last year in Barrow, Cumbria.
According to a BBC report, 18 books were technically ‘checked out’ – however they were registered by IT staff making sure the system worked.
Plans are now in place to send library staff into the community to provide storytelling sessions for children.
The library, installed by Cumbria County Council, is situated at Barrow Island Primary School.
Barrow Local Committee was told the library had sporadic opening hours.
Earlier this year it was revealed that spending on libraries across the UK had dropped. In 2016, a Taking Part study, commissioned by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, found that British library use had fallen by 30 per cent in the last ten years.
The greatest decline in usage was among 16 to 24-year-olds, with 51 per cent of the age group using libraries in 2005 compared to only 25.2 per cent in 2015.