PUBLIC LIBRARY STATISTICS

Staff, opening etc.

1995-96

1990-91

No. of authorities

167

167

Professional librarians per 10,000 population

1.17

1.34

Total staff per 10,00 population

4.60

5.0

Service points open 45 hours or more

738

865

Service points open 30-45 hours

1,623

1,653

Service points open 10-30 hours

1,693

1,553

Service points open <10 hours

365

498

Mobile service points

694

719

Population per service point

11,485

10,740

Total service point hours per week

147,070

152,482

Public Library Support Services to Schools

1995-96

1990-91

Professional librarians

418

522

Expenditure per pupil (£ sterling)

5.19

5.17

Bookstock per pupil

3.9

3.6

Public libraries also serve the housebound, prisons and hospitals.

Use

Total Population 58,725,000

Registered Borrowers 33,473,000

Totals ('000)

Per Member

Per Head of Population

Bookstock

131,033

3.91

2.23

Books acquired

13,171

0.39

0.22

Annual book issues

514,560

15.37

8.76

Audio-visual issues p.a.

35,788

1.07

0.61

Total items on loan

32,948

0.98

0.56

Enquiries handled p.a.

57,327

1.71

0.98

Visits p.a.

376,434

11.25

6.41

Net revenue expenditure (£1000 sterling)

718,500

21.47

12.23

Materials bought (£1000 sterling)

122,130

3.65

2.08

Average cost per book acquired (£ sterling)

9.38

7.80

Average books allowed out

9

8

Average permitted loan (weeks)

3.39

3.1

Average duration of loan (weeks)

3.29

-

 

Category analysis

 

Books borrowed

 

Lending

 

Over one million

Authors - estimated loans over one million

Allan & Janet Ahlberg
Enid Blyton
Agatha Christie
Catherine Cookson
Josephine Cox
Roald Dahl
Dick Francis
Rene Goscinny
Jack Higgins
Dick King-Smith
Ann M. Martin
Ellis Peters
Ruth Rendell
Danielle Steel
R L Stine
Kate William

Source: Public Lending Right Statistics

Libraries - annual loans over one million

Birmingham
Chelmsford
Colchester
Croydon
Edinburgh
Milton Keynes
Nottingham
Southend
Sutton

Archives

In the UK there are about 250 publicly funded repositories. National archives services are housed in the Public Record Offices for England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, whilst local authorities provide Record Office services on a district or county level. CIPFA figures show that in 1995-96 463,000 readers consulted one million documents in local authority record offices. Local authority archive services had 901 members of staff (including 348 archivists) with net revenue expenditure at about £26 million. There are also specialist archives in universities and businesses. These archives employ in total approximately 2,000 professional archivists, record managers and conservators, with about 2,000 support staff (FTE). They receive nearly a million reader visits a year and hold about a million metres of shelving. About half the material is fully listed. Copies of most lists, and computerised indexes to them, are held centrally by the National Register of Archives maintained by the Royal Commission on Historical Manuscripts.

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

1997 L.I.S.T. online Index

1998 L.I.S.T. online

About LISU

Publications

Ordering

Useful links

Home