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1998 Library & Information Statistics Tables

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PUBLIC LIBRARY STATISTICS

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Staff, opening etc.

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1996-97

1991-92

No. of authorities

177

167

Professional librarians per 10,000 population

1.11

1.30

Total staff per 10,00 population

4.51

4.86

Service points open 45 hours or more

733

832

Service points open 30-45 hours

1,611

1,640

Service points open 10-30 hours

1,676

1,594

Service points open <10 hours

452

480

Mobile service points

696

710

Population per service point

11,378

10,967

Total service point hours per week

145,300

150,775

Public Library Support Services to Schools

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1996-97

1991-92

Professional librarians

407

500

Expenditure per pupil (£ sterling)

5.39

5.15

Bookstock per pupil

3.8

3.8

Public libraries also serve the housebound, prisons and hospitals.

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Use

Total population 58,800,000

Registered borrowers 33,516,000

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Totals ('000)

Per member

Per head of population

Bookstock

130,634

3.90

2.22

Books acquired

10,913

0.33

0.19

Annual book issues

501,170

14.95

8.52

Audio-visual acquired

1,321

0.04

0.02

Audio-visual issues p.a.

37,058

1.11

0.64

Total items on loan

32,354

0.97

0.55

Enquiries handled p.a.

61,089

1.82

1.04

Visits p.a.

369,338

11.02

6.28

Net revenue expenditure (£1000 sterling)

726,025

21.66

12.35

Materials bought (£1000 sterling)

114,963

3.43

1.96

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1996-97

1991-92

Average cost per book acquired (£ sterling)

9.42

8.27

Average books allowed out

9

6

Average permitted loan (weeks)

3

3

Average duration of loan (weeks)

3.1

3.0

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Books borrowed

Books borrowed

Based only on those authors registered with the Public Lending Right.

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Category analysis

Category analysis

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Lending

Lending

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Over one million

Authors - estimated loans over one million

Purple dot Allan & Janet Ahlberg
Pink dotEnid Blyton
Purple dot Agatha Christie
Pink dot Catherine Cookson
Purple dot Josephine Cox
Pink dot Roald Dahl
Purple dot Dick Francis
Pink dot Rene Goscinny
Purple dot Jack Higgins
Pink dot Eric Hill
Purple dot Dick King-Smith
Pink dot Ann M. Martin
Purple dot Ruth Rendell
Pink dot Danielle Steel
Purple dot R L Stine

Source: Public Lending Right Statistics

Libraries - annual loans over one million

Purple dotAylesbury
Pink dotChelmsford
Purple dotColchester
Pink dotCroydon
Purple dotEdinburgh
Pink dotMilton Keynes
Purple dotNottingham
Pink dotSouthend
Purple dotSutton

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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 1996-97 481,000 readers consulted one million documents in local authority record offices. Local authority archive services had 933 members of staff (including 326 archivists) with net revenue expenditure at about £27 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.

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