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1999 Library & Information Statistics Tables

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PUBLIC LIBRARY STATISTICS

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Lending

Lending

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Staff, opening etc.

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1997-98

1992-93

No. of authorities

190

167

Professional librarians per 10,000 population

1.08

1.26

Total staff per 10,000 population

4.40

4.80

Service points open for 45 hours or more

713

797

Service points open 30-45 hours

1,575

1,648

Service points open 10-30 hours

1,696

1,635

Service points open <10 hours

271

424

Mobile service points

673

700

Population per service point

12,671

12,130

Total service point hours per week

142,854

150,094

Public Library Support Services to Schools

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1997-98

1992-93

Professional librarians

362

476

Expenditure per pupil (£ sterling)

5.10

5.14

Bookstock per pupil

3.3

3.9

Public libraries also serve the housebound, prisons and hospitals.

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Use

Total population 59,006,900

Registered borrowers 34,224,000

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Totals (000s)

Per member

Per head of population

Bookstock

127,989

3.74

2.17

Books acquired

10,466

0.31

0.18

Annual book issues

480,441

14.04

8.14

Audio-visual acquired

1,344

0.04

0.02

Audio-visual issues p.a.

37,391

1.09

0.63

Total items on loan

31,177

0.91

0.53

Enquiries handled p.a.

61,162

1.79

1.04

Visits p.a.

355,974

10.40

6.03

Net revenue expenditure (£1000 sterling)

723,909

21.15

12.27

Materials bought (£1000 sterling)

104,602

3.06

1.77

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1997-98

1992-93

Average cost per book acquired (£ sterling)

8.65

8.68

Average books allowed out

9

8

Average permitted loan (weeks)

3.3

3.4

Average duration of loan (days)

22

22

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Books borrowed

Books borrowed

Source: Registrar of Public Lending Right

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Category analysis

Category analysis

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Over one million

Libraries - annual loans over one million

Green dotAylesbury
Green dotChelmsford
Green dotColchester
Green dotCroydon Central
Green dotMilton Keynes
Green dotNottingham Central
Green dotSouthend

Authors - estimated loans over one million

Green dot Janet & Allan Ahlberg
Green dot Enid Blyton
Green dot Agatha Christie
Green dot Catherine Cookson
Green dot Josephine Cox
Green dot John Cunliffe
Green dot Roald Dahl
Green dot Dick Francis
Green dot Jack Higgins
Green dot Dick King-Smith
Green dot Ann M Martin
Green dot Ruth Rendell
Green dot Danielle Steel
Green dot R L Stine

Source: Registrar of Public Lending Right

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Public library services to children

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Total (000s)

Per capita

Bookstock

24,500

2.17

Book additions

3,200

0.28

Book issues

103,000

9.06

Books on loan

7,500

0.66

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% on loan

30.7

Replenishment rate

13.2

Stock turnover

4.2

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Average charge for requests (£)

0.40

Average age of transfer to adult services

15 years 10 months

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Average population per staff

10,922

Professional librarians

611

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Forward to academic library statistics 1999 L.I.S.T. online: Academic library statistics

Back to the 1999 L.I.S.T. index 1999 L.I.S.T. online: Index

Go to the 1998 L.I.S.T. 1998 L.I.S.T. online

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