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1998 Library & Information Statistics Tables

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GENERAL LIBRARY STATISTICS

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Resources and operations

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National libraries

Public libraries

University libraries

HE coll libraries

Number

3

177

88

63

Bookstock (millions)

26.2

131

87

7

Book Issues (millions p.a.)

1.7*

501

63

9

Seats

2,262

79,000

151,000

18,000

Online searches

-

-

49,000

-

CD-ROMs (titles)

-

104,000

-

-

Miles of shelving

782

-

-

-

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National libraries

Public libraries

University libraries

HE coll libraries

Professional librarians

948

6,552

3,048

386

1996-97 Total staff

2,892

26,513

9,558

1,012

1991-92 Professional librarians

876

7,477

2,376

-

1991-92 Total staff

2,753

28,037

-

-

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

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Library expenditure

(£ millions sterling)

National libraries

Public libraries

Univ & HE libraries

Staff

61

437

184

Books

11

103

40

Periodicals

4

7

57

A/V

-

12

4

Automated systems

-

20

12

Online services

-

-

4

Overheads, premises etc

55

212

42

TOTAL GROSS EXPENDITURE

130

791

343

Income

30

64

31

TOTAL NET EXPENDITURE

100

726

312

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Library acquisitions

National libraries

Univ & HE libraries

Public libraries

Copyright deposit items

805,000

206,000

0

Books

373,000

2,678,000

10,913,000

Books per member*

-

1.37

0.33

Current periodicals

174,000

553,000

59,000

Periodicals per member*

-

0.28

0.00

Audio-visual

54,000

106,000

1,321,000

A/V per member*

-

0.05

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.

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The library profession by occupation

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Library Association

Institute of Information Scientists*

Total members

Chartered

Other

Full

Other

Public libraries

5,727

1,296

36

14

7,056

National libraries

401

311

with Govt.

712

Higher education

2,083

1,208

200

79

4,591

Further education

785

329

Schools

1,063

346

5

2

1,414

Industry/commerce

887

909

484

190

2,245

Medical/hospitals

379

245

64

25

683

Government depts. etc.

449

305

158

62

901

Independent consultants

198

57

255

100

492

Miscellaneous

83

16

208

82

297

TOTAL

12,055

5,022

1,412

554

18,388

Overseas

740

501

115

33

1,340

Students/non-LIS

289

2,289

-

197

2,709

Unemployed/retired

3,417

1,024

-

-

4,441

* One third of IIS members are also members of the LA.

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Inter-library lending

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Inter-library loans received

Total items received

Unsatisfied requests abandoned

% Requests obtained for borrowers

from libraries in Region

from BLDSC

from other libraries

London & South East*

76,947

56,469

13,116

146,532

10,015

93.6

South Western

57,332

118,060

21,645

197,037

10,320

95.0

West Midlands

10,733

84,788

20,365

115,886

4,217

96.5

East Midlands

10,420

92,368

17,644

120,432

10,225

92.2

Yorkshire & Humberside

18,231

127,176

21,438

166,845

9,341

95.2

North Western

24,918

125,118

15,753

165,789

14,548

91.9

Northern

12,787

36,333

10, 423

59,543

6,488

90.2

Wales

17,120

63,434

9,289

89,843

2,776

97.0

Scotland

21,272

146,005

13,891

181,168

11,676

93.9

Ireland (incl. Eire)

11,897

112,397

5,916

130,210

-

100.0

Total

261,657

962,148

149,480

1,373,285

78,606

94.6

Statistics cover only members of each regional library system.
* Excludes direct requests to BLDSC from academic and special libraries.

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