The main purpose of these statistics is to give a broad overall perspective of the Library and Information scene in the U.K.
The base year is 1995-96, except where stated otherwise.
In some tables historical data for 1990-91 are included for comparison. Figures in italics are estimates based on incomplete data and feature considerable uncertainty. A dash or blank shows that a statistic is unavailable or not significant. Estimates for special libraries, derived from 1996 research work, are very imprecise.
General Library Statistics (Includes National, Public and Academic Libraries)
Resources and operations; Expenditure; Acquisitions; The profession by occupation; Inter-library lending.
Public Library Statistics
Staff, opening etc.; Use; Category analysis; Public library books borrowed 1995-96; Lending; Loans over 1 million; Archives.
Special Library Statistics
Budgets; Resources; Use of on-line hosts.
National Library Statistics
The British Library.
Academic Library Statistics
Expenditure; Staff and users; Books and periodicals; Use.
School Library Statistics
Operations; Qualifications of staff; Access to IT.
Publishing and Book Trade Statistics
UK publishers revenue; Books published; UK publishers' output; CD-ROM and multimedia CD publishers; Periodical prices; Periodicals circulation; Consumer magazine markets.
Contributors and Related Publications
The 1997 L.I.S.T. was compiled by Alison Murphy and published by
LISU, Loughborough University, Loughborough, Leicstershire, LE11
Telephone: +44 (0)1509 223071
Fax: +44 (0)1509 223072
from whom further copies can be obtained.
Queries and suggestions for future versions will be welcome.
Copyright © British Library Board, 1997.