The Public Libraries in Leipzig confirm their high level performance. In 2017 visitors were lending almost 4.9 million items, an increase of about 4 percent. The number of visitors in the libraries is on the same level as in the year before with a slightly increasing number of online visits. Above all, our wide and varied range of programmes and events was very much appreciated. In 2017 more than 46.000 children and adults visited about 1.800 events. 81 percent of the schools located in Leipzig participated in our programmes and educational offers. On the pre-school sector we could reach out to 49 percent of the nurseries and day cares.
In the following years the Public Libraries will continue to reach the goals of the overall concept of library development and services. We are focussing on the improvement of our educational concepts and programmes for inclusion and participation. Another focus is on strengthening the connection of the branch libraries with their districts and establishing the libraries as community centers.