LISU publishes compilations of statistical information about libraries and for librarians and reports on the results of its statistical surveys and research projects. In addition, we also publish two popular online resources, , a readers guide to adult fiction authors and , a guide to children's authors. Further information on individual titles is given below.
Trends in UK library and publishing statistics
Ten-year trends in UK library and publishing statistics, which supersede the LAMPOST. More information
Fines and Charges in Public Libraries in England and Wales
LISU took responsibility for this long-standing survey from SINTO in 2012. More information
Libraries, Archives, Museums and Publishing Online Statistics Tables (LAMPOST)
The LAMPOST was the successor to the LIST - incorporating most of the LIST tables, together with a wider coverage of the museums and archives sectors. Most of the data cover the whole UK, and it is freely available online. This is now superseded by LISU's Trends in UK library and publishing statistics above. More information
is an online reference resource and reading-promotion tool which is designed to help anyone who enjoys reading fiction to expand the number of writers they read. More information
is specially designed to help parents, teachers and librarians in encouraging children and young people to explore the world of reading. When children ask: “Who can I read next?” or “Who writes like my favourite author?”, the answers can be found in this invaluable online resource. More information
Who Else Writes Like...? a readers' guide to fiction authors
This 7th edition of a standard reference and reading-promotion book now has
over 2,040 authors, and with each name suggests others who write in a similar way. This latest
edition has been brought up to date with some 500 new authors replacing many who are no longer so widely read. There
are also lists of authors who write in particular genres; lists of characters and series; an index of pseudonyms and 'crossover' authors,
and prizewinning authors with titles. New for this edition is a section listing geographical and/or environmental settings used by a range of novelists. More information
Who Next...? a guide to children's authors
This publication enables children who have enjoyed books by one author to find other authors that they will enjoy reading. The fourth edition lists 759 authors of children's fiction, and suggests others who write in a similar way. Arranged in four age groups it shows genres and some titles and/or series with best-known characters for each author. It indicates whether an author's titles are sometimes available as talking books and/or ebooks and also lists book-prize winners. The guide helps parents, teachers and librarians guide children of all ages to explore the world of reading. More information
This report presents the results of a research project, the aim of which was to present an analysis of Sunday opening in a varied selection of public library authorities in the UK with the intention of discovering a set of key success factors to inform others who also may wish to open. More information
Digest of Statistics
The main purpose of these statistics is to give a broad overall perspective of the museums, libraries and archives scene in England. The Digest of Statistics was produced with the support of MLA and is available to download free online in PDF format. More information
Trends in Scholarly Journal Prices 2000-2006 (Apr 2007)
This report, published with the permission of Oxford Journals, a division of Oxford University
Press, updates and extends the work carried out in 2004 analysing general trends in academic journal prices for a range of publishers.
Children's Right to Read School Textbooks
These reports, published with the permission of the RNIB, document the results of the 'Children's Right to Read School Textbooks' project undertaken by LISU for the RNIB. The projects were part of the long-running 'Right to Read' Campaign. More information
Best Practice in Data Collection (Mar 2006)
Report of a benchmarking exercise for Leicestershire Library Services and Warwickshire Library and Information Service. This is an anonymised version of a report produced for a small group of county library authorities, looking at the relative cost of library services and library use indicators.
Availability of Accessible Publications (May 2005)
This report, published with the permission of the Royal National Institute of the Blind, documents a project to develop reliable estimates of the availability of publications accessible to visually impaired persons (VIPs). The study was commissioned by RNIB in 2004, and the findings supported the Right to Read Alliance's Campaign. The report describes the methodology used to develop the estimates and outlines a strategy to update estimates so that the impact of the campaign can be monitored. Results are presented for the estimated availability of all categories of books printed during a five year period (1999-2003), and for books in certain genres over the same time period. More information
Scholarly Journal Prices: Selected Trends and Comparisons (Oct 2004)
This report, published with the permission of Oxford Journals, a division of Oxford University
Press, documents the results of the Journals Pricing Analysis project, undertaken by LISU
As Others See Us: Benchmarking in Practice (Mar 2003)
This report comprises descriptions of four individual process benchmarking exercises undertaken by a consortium of four UK universities. As a distillation of professional expertise and experience it offers a vaulable insight into benchmarking methodologies and applications for service improvement. It will benefit readers in the wider LIS community, not just those working in academic libraries.More information
Clearing the way: Copyright clearance in UK libraries (Feb 2002)
Reports the findings of a comprehensive national study of institutional policies and procedures for obtaining clearance for the use of copyright material. The emphasis is on the higher education
(Available online - pdf 718KB. A paper copy is also available to purchase.)
Out of sight but not out of mind: Visually impaired people’s
perspectives of library & information services (Nov 2001)
This large print report documents the results of a Resource funded project involving a national survey examining visually impaired people’s perceptions, opinions and activities regarding the information and library services that are available.
(Text only versions - no graphics - available free online in the following versions: Rich Text Format, Microsoft Word, html. A paper copy is also available to purchase.)
The cost of copyright compliance in further and higher education
institutions (July 2001)
Reports an investigation for the Library Association on the direct and indirect costs incurred by HE and FE institutions in complying with copyright laws, with an introduction detailing all the relevant issues.
(Available online - pdf 172KB. A paper copy is also available to purchase.)
Economic Evaluation Model of National Electronic Site Licence
Initiative (NESLI) ‘Deals’ (March 2001)
The Report documents work undertaken to assess the value of electronic journal subscription deals offered by a range of publishers under the National Electronic Site Licence Initiative (NESLI).
(Available online - pdf 184KB. A paper copy is also available to purchase.)
Public library services for visually impaired people (June 2000)
LISU was funded by the Library and Information Commission in 1999 to carry out a comprehensive survey of public library service provision for visually impaired people in the UK.
This is a report of the findings.
(Available online - pdf 280KB)
Trend analysis of monograph acquisitions in public and
university libraries in the UK (March 2000)
Reports a detailed analysis (by acquisition date, subject area and format) of a unique data set, consisting of a sample of acquisitions by public and academic libraries since 1980. Some interesting trends are uncovered.
(Available online - pdf 342KB. A paper copy is also available to purchase.)
A survey of NHS libraries: Statistics from the NHS Regional
The most recent survey of the operations and performance of NHS libraries covers 2000-01. Published electronically for the first time,
it includes summary statistics on expenditure on staff and materials, sources of funding, stock and loans, electronic searches, subject and organisational coverage and inter-library lending. Please email LISU to obtain a copy of this report.
Survey of secondary school library users (Aug 1999)
This report describes a survey of 400 pupils, carried out in the libraries of four London secondary schools - two state and two independent. Of value to school librarians and teacher-librarians who are developing services and want their school library to contribute more to the teaching/learning process.
(Available online - pdf 362KB. A paper copy is also available to purchase.)
The impact of non-fiction lending from public libraries (Aug 1999)
Analyses impact upon library users according to six different borrowing motivations: for practical purposes, hobbies, work, study, pleasure, and ‘personal development’. Provides evidence for the advocacy of public libraries, and to inform stock management processes.
(Available online - pdf 240KB. A paper copy is also available to purchase.)
Perspectives of public library use 2 (Jul 1999)
A summary of research (1995-98) of interest to public librarians and the book trade, gathered from government reports, public library authorities, academic departments and student dissertations. Produced jointly by LISU and Book Marketing Ltd.
Discontinued statistical series
This publication replaced the biannual Average Prices of British and USA Academic Books. The publication, available electronically or in print, gives detailed analysis of average UK and USA academic book prices by subject category, for the most recent and the previous academic year. Broad trends over the last ten years are also described. This publication is an essential aid to budget preparation for all academic and special librarians. More information
Average Prices of British and USA Academic Books
Twice-yearly publications in February and August gave detailed analysis of average prices by subject category and trends in major categories. An essential aid to budget preparation for academic and special librarians. Also available on CD-Rom from July to December 2003 editions onwards.
Public Library Materials Fund and Budget Survey 2007–2009
Annual, sponsored by Nielsen Book. This gave details of both the estimated and actual expenditure on various categories of materials by public library authorities in the UK. Summary figures and commentary on the changes were supplemented by details for each authority. Changes in staffing levels and service points were also covered.
LISU Annual Library Statistics 2006
featuring Trend Analysis of UK
Public & Academic Libraries 1995-2005
Summarised the current position on libraries of all types
in the UK. Where available, trend information is shown for up to ten years. Public library
data are derived from the extensive set collected by CIPFA, and include some user survey
information. Statistics from university and HE college libraries are based on figures collected
by SCONUL, and statistics are included from Government Departments. The three UK national
libraries are included, together with relevant data on a wide range of general statistics
of value to librarians and the book trade. More information
A Survey of Library Services to Schools and Children
in the UK 2005-06
Based on a detailed questionnaire survey, it includes tables
of individual authority data, with explanatory comments, summaries and per capita indicators,
covering children's services in the public library and support provided through Schools Library
Services. A supplement to the main report gives detailed data by government office region
Library and Information Statistics Tables
The LIST was an annual sampler of UK library statistics from all sectors. It covers public,
academic, special, national and school libraries and is available free
online for the following years:20042003200220012000199919981997.
For a free paper copy please send a stamped addressed envelope to LISU.
For more recent statistics see Trends in UK Library and Publishing Statistics and the LAMPOST.
Statistics in Practice - Measuring and Managing
Papers from an international array of specialist contributors to the IFLA Satellite Conference, held at Loughborough University in August 2002. Fourteen papers and six poster summaries cover the practical applications of statistics and performance indicators to library management in all sectors. More information
Managing for value and performance - Processes in developing library plans and best value: Proceedings of a LISU seminar
7-8 March 2000 (Feb 2001)
Includes several contributions from leading public librarians on their approach to developing Annual Library Plans and their experiences in
managing within Best Value contexts.