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1998 Library & Information Statistics Tables

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SCHOOL LIBRARY STATISTICS

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General

In 1996-97 there were an estimated 1,790 professional librarians in schools (1,190 of which were Chartered) - an average of one for every 5,000 pupils. In London and Scotland the ratio is much better - one per 4,300 and one per 2,200 pupils respectively. Overall, 5% more librarians in schools were reported this year. In 1997, a survey conducted for the Library Association estimated that there were 6,400 secondary school libraries in the UK. Schools Library Services provided by local authorities spent £39.8 million in 1996-97 - equivalent to £5.39 per pupil. They stock an estimated 26.4 million items, of which 15.6 million (or 59%) were on loan. Additions to stock totalled 2.3 million, giving a replenishment rate of 11.5%.

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Resources

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Mean

Median

Stock per pupil

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4.6

3.0

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9.1

6.0

Additions

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1.0

0.5

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6.0

<1

Issues per pupil

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8.5

5.0

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1

<1

Study places per 100 pupils

11.0

5.7

Expenditure per pupil

£10.16

£3.75

Source: Survey of UK secondary school libraries

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Staffing

Staffing

Source: Survey of UK secondary school libraries

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