GENERAL LIBRARY STATISTICS

Resources and operations

National libraries

Public libraries

University libraries

HE coll libraries

FE coll libraries**

Number

3

167

88

66

538

Bookstock (millions)

25.6

131

70

7

16

Book Issues (millions p.a.)

1.9*

515

58

8

13

Seats

1,679

77,000

135,000

19,000

66,200

Online searches

-

-

38,000

-

-

CD-ROMs (titles)

150

664

2,090

-

-

Miles of shelving

592

-

1,900

-

-

National libraries

Public libraries

University libraries

HE coll libraries

FE coll libraries**

Professional librarians

1,130

6,873

3,207

385

1,000

1995-96Total staff

2,900

27,024

8,957

1,265

2,900

1990-91 Professional librarians

936

7,714

2,244

-

-

1990-91 Total staff

2,780

28,698

5,189

-

-

* Items consulted in reading rooms, excl. SRIS (4 million)

** Figures from 1994-95

Library expenditure

(£ millions sterling)

National libraries

Public libraries

Univ & HE libraries

FE college libraries*

Staff

58

424

171

44

Books

12

110

41

12

Periodicals

5

7

60

4

A/V

-

12

4

-

Automated systems

-

20

17

-

Online services

-

-

3

-

Overheads, premises etc

54

205

39

-

TOTAL GROSS EXPENDITURE

129

778

335

60

Income

30

60

29

-

TOTAL NET EXPENDITURE

99

718

306

-

* Figures from 1994-95

Library acquisitions

National libraries

Ox/Camb/ London

Univ & HE libraries

FE college libraries**

Public libraries

Copyright deposit items

863,000

413,00

0

0

0

Books

356,000

541,000

2,244,000

1,103,000

11,722,000

Books per member*

-

2.70

1.32

0.40

0.35

Current periodicals

164,000

149,000

344,000

85,000

64,000

Periodicals per member*

-

0.74

0.20

0.03

0.00

Audio-visual

58,000

10,000

147,000

-

1,449,000

A/V per member*

-

0.05

0.09

-

0.04

The Copyright Act (1911) requires publishers to deposit copies of books (including journals, magazines, maps etc.) with The British Library, the national libraries of Scotland and Wales, and university libraries at Oxford, Cambridge and Dublin.

* 'Members' are all appropriate members of institutions and, for public libraries, those in possession of a current reader's ticket.

** Figures from 1994-95

The library profession by occupation

Library Association

Institute of Information Scientists*

Total members

TOTAL** OVERALL

Chartered

Other

Full

Other

Public libraries

5,277

894

37

17

6,207

6,873

National libraries

416

284

with Govt.

700

1,130

Higher education

1,944

892

208

92

4,398

3,582

Further education

974

388

1,362

Schools

1,301

332

5

2

1,638

1,638

Industry/commerce

764

805

504

224

2,054

2,054

Medical/hospitals

493

280

67

29

837

837

Government depts. etc.

625

306

164

73

1,089

1,089

Independent consultants

171

38

266

118

465

465

Miscellaneous

102

56

217

96

367

367

TOTAL

12,067

4,272

1,468

651

17,755

Overseas

729

512

128

41

1354

Students/non-LIS

304

2,274

-

160

2,685

Unemployed/retired

3,390

981

-

-

4,371

* One third of IIS members are also members of the LA** Includes data from other sources

Inter-library lending

Inter-library loans received

% Requests obtained for borrowers

from libraries in Region

from BLDSC

from other libraries

London & South East

83,159

54,966

14,555

93.2

South Western

40,381

126,733

24,499

94.8

West Midlands

10,447

97,722

16,237

97.0

East Midlands

10,511

167,156

20,489

92.9

Yorkshire & Humberside

7,065

123,789

15,610

93.3

North Western

23,862

147,389

17,985

96.3

Northern

8,984

102,505

13,053

92.6

Wales

-

-

-

-

Scotland

25,944

142,549

16,150

92.1

Ireland (incl. Eire)

-

-

-

-

Total (excl. Wales & NI)

210,353

962,809

138,578

94.0

1992/93 Total (excl. Wales &NI)

<----------------------------------------1,252,933---------------------------------------->

Statistics cover only members of each regional library system.

British Library Document Supply Centre

1995-96

1990-91

Requests - Total

4,113,586

3,289,399

UK Requests

3,015,838

2,511,690

% Requests satisfied

95%

93%

Type of material

Serials

72%

67%

Books

18%

22%

Other items

10%

11%

1997 L.I.S.T. online Public library statistics

1997 L.I.S.T. online Index

1998 L.I.S.T. online

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