The main purpose of these statistics is to give a broad overall perspective of the Library and Information scene in the U.K.
In some tables historical data for 1991-92 are included for comparison. Figures in italics are estimates based on incomplete data and should be treated with caution. A dash or blank shows that a statistic is unavailable or not significant. Estimates for special libraries are derived from 1997 research work.
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; Public library books borrowed; Category analysis; Lending; Loans over 1 million; Archives.
Special library statistics
Resources; Expenditure; Use; Staffing.
National library statistics
The British Library; National Library of Wales; National Library of Scotland.
Academic library statistics
Expenditure; Staff and users; Books and periodicals; Use.
School library statistics
Operations; Resources; Staffing.
Public library services to children
Resources and use; Provision of services and resources; Audio-visual, multimedia and IT provision.
Publishing and book trade statistics
UK publishers' revenue; Books published; Book sales by destination; Periodical prices and number of titles.
Contributors and related publications
The 1998 L.I.S.T. was compiled and published by
LISU, Loughborough University, Loughborough,
Leicstershire, LE11 3TU
Telephone: +44 (0)1509 223071
Fax: +44 (0)1509 223072
from whom further copies can be obtained.
Queries and suggestions for future versions are welcome, and should be addressed to Sally Maynard.
See the following LISU publications for further information relating to the 1998 L.I.S.T.:
LISU Annual Library Statistics
Average Prices of British/USA Academic Books
Public Library Materials Funds and Budget Survey
A Survey of Library Services to Schools and Children in the UK
A Survey of NHS Libraries: Statistics from the NHS Regional Librarians Group
Copyright © British Library Board, 1998.