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1999 Library & Information Statistics Tables

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SCHOOL LIBRARY STATISTICS

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General

In 1997-98 there were an estimated 1,848 professional librarians in schools (1,183 of which were Chartered) - an average of one for every 4,700 pupils. In London and Scotland the ratio is much better - one per 3,600 and one per 2,400 pupils respectively. Overall, 12% 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 £35.7 million in 1997-98 - equivalent to £5.10 per pupil. They stock an estimated 26.9 million items, of which 16.4 million (or 61%) were on loan. Additions to stock totalled 2.2 million in 1997-98, giving a replenishment rate of 8.3.

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Resources 1996-97

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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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1.0

<1

Study places per 100 pupils

11.0

5.7

Expenditure per pupil ()

10.16

3.75

Source: LA Survey of UK secondary school libraries

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Staffing 1996-97

Staffing

Source: LA Survey of UK secondary school libraries

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