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2003 Library & Information Statistics 

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The main purpose of these statistics is to give a broad overall perspective of the library and information scene in the UK.

The base year is 2001-02, except where stated otherwise.

In some tables historical data for 1996-97 are included for comparison. Figures in italics are estimates based on incomplete data and feature considerable uncertainty. A dash or blank indicates that a statistic is unavailable or not significant.

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Contents of the 2003 LIST

Pink dot General library statistics (includes national, public and academic libraries)
Resources and operations; Expenditure; Acquisitions; The library profession by occupation
Pink dotPublic library statistics
Lending; Staff, opening etc.; Use; Demographics of adult public library visitors; Proportion of adult library users borrowing books; Public library books borrowed; Category analysis; Loans over 1 million; Services to Children
Pink dotAcademic library statistics
Expenditure; Staff and users; Information provision; Use; Average prices of British academic books
Pink dotPublishing and book trade statistics
Book prices; UK publishing of books 2002; Books published 2002; Periodical prices
Pink dotNational library statistics
National Library of Wales; National Library of Scotland; The British Library
Pink dotBritish Library Document Supply Centre statistics
Source of requests; Facts and Figures (demand and methods of requesting)
Pink dotSchool library statistics
Resources; Staff; Public library support services to schools
Pink dotContributors and related publications

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The 2003 LIST was compiled by Sally Maynard and published by


at Loughborough University, Loughborough, Leicestershire, LE11 3TU
Telephone: +44 (0)1509 635680
Fax: +44 (0)1509 635699
E-mail: lisu@lboro.ac.uk

from whom further copies can be obtained.

Queries and suggestions for future versions are welcome, and should be addressed to Sally Maynard.

See the following LISU publications for further information relating to the 2003 LIST:

Pink dot LISU Annual Library Statistics

Pink dotAverage Prices of British/USA Academic Books

Pink dotPublic Library Materials Funds and Budget Survey

Pink dotA Survey of Library Services to Schools and Children in the UK

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Copyright © Resource: The Council for Museums, Archives and Libraries, 2003.

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