Wednesday 5 September 2018

National Library publishes Annual Review 2017

The National Library of Ireland's Annual Review 2017 has been launched.

It shows that the Library welcomed nearly 200,000 people through its doors during 2017. This represents a fall of 20% on the previous year, no doubt reflecting some of the impact from the introduction (in August 2017) of Monday closures of the Main and Manuscripts Reading Rooms at Kildare Street. Visitor numbers to the Family History Room were also down, from 24,338 in 2016 to 16,610 in 2017, a drop of around 30%.

Other figures show that the RC Registers site continues to attract large numbers of visitors, even if, again, the numbers are down (from 4.2million views to 3.2m views).

You'll find these and plenty of other figures in the Review, which can be downloaded here, or you can see a summary of the Library's Review in the infographic below.