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1999 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

No. of inst/authorities

3

190

111

63

Number of libraries

3

4,657

644

89

Bookstock (millions)

27.0

128

83

7

Book Issues (millions p.a.)

1.6*

480

66

9

Seats

2,396

77,000

157,000

18,000

Online searches

-

-

34,000

8,000

Miles of shelving

803

-

-

-

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National libraries

Public libraries

University libraries

HE coll libraries

Professional librarians

988

6,388

3,040

374

1997-98 Total staff

2,903

25,938

9,807

1,003

1992-93 Professional librarians

882

7,278

2,270

423

1991-92 Total staff

2,843

27,823

5,270

1,127

* 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

63

442

189

Books

10

91

42

Periodicals

4

7

57

A/V

-

14

4

Automated systems

-

22

12

On-line services

-

-

14

Overheads, premises etc

62

221

59

Total gross expenditure

138

797

377

Income

31

73

57

Total net expenditure

107

724

320

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Library acquisitions

National libraries

Univ & HE libraries

Public libraries

Copyright deposit items

820,000

218,000

0

Books

398,876

2,736,000

10,466,000

Books per member*

-

1.37

0.31

Current periodicals

176,042

556,000

59,000

Periodicals per member*

-

0.28

0.00

Audio-visual

65,339

130,000

1,344,000

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

4,870

1,298

35

16

6,245

National libraries

429

349

in Govt.

778

Higher education

1,924

1,155

196

91

4,879

Further education

830

539

Schools

1,347

468

5

2

1,826

Industry/commerce

762

1,035

475

221

2,841

Medical/hospitals

511

402

63

29

1,051

Government depts. etc.

628

418

155

72

1,387

Independent consultants

197

57

251

117

806

Miscellaneous

127

126

205

95

703

Total

11,625

5,847

1,835

643

21,189

Overseas

676

517

111

33

1,409

Students/non-LIS

322

1,802

-

74

2,235

Unemployed/retired

3,475

1,000

-

-

4,475

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


** Includes data from other sources

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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

8,341

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


* Excludes direct requests to BLDSC from academic and special libraries.

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