We are proud of the impact our programmes and campaigning have on people of all ages across the UK, reaching 2.17 million people in 2022/23.
With over 139,000 children and families joining their local library in 2022/23 and over 12.9 million books being borrowed from public libraries through our programmes, we are thrilled to see so many people starting their reading journey, continuing to read or rediscover the joy of reading.
We could not do it without our partners and in 2022/23 we worked with 30,000 of them! Through these partnerships we were able to gift over 256,000 books, resources and activity packs. When we asked the readers of our Reading Well books if they found they books helpful or very helpful, 92% said that they did! We look forward to reaching and impacting even more people in 2023/24.
We evaluate the impact of our work in many ways, to ensure that we are always making the most difference for the people we are trying to reach:
- We conduct structured evaluation of our programmes, publishing evaluation and research reports on the findings.
- We monitor the reach of our programmes, ensuring we are reaching the people who need our help most.
- We speak to our partners and the people that take part in our programmes to find out about their experiences and produce case studies highlighting the difference that our work makes to the children, young people and adults who take part.
- We review external evidence to ensure our work builds on the most up to date research, and we share the reading facts and library facts to raise awareness of the difference that reading can make to all our lives.