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1998 Library & Information Statistics Tables

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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 U.K.

The base year is 1996-97, except where stated otherwise.

In some tables historical data for 1991-92 are included for comparison. Figures in italics are estimates based on incomplete data and should be treated with caution. A dash or blank shows that a statistic is unavailable or not significant. Estimates for special libraries are derived from 1997 research work.

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Contents of the 1998 L.I.S.T.

Purple dotGeneral library statistics (includes national, public and academic libraries)

Resources and operations; Expenditure; Acquisitions; The profession by occupation; Inter-library lending.

Purple dotPublic library statistics

Staff, opening etc.; Use; Public library books borrowed; Category analysis; Lending; Loans over 1 million; Archives.

Purple dotSpecial library statistics

Resources; Expenditure; Use; Staffing.

Purple dotNational library statistics

The British Library; National Library of Wales; National Library of Scotland.

Purple dotAcademic library statistics

Expenditure; Staff and users; Books and periodicals; Use.

Purple dotSchool library statistics

Operations; Resources; Staffing.

Purple dotPublic library services to children

Resources and use; Provision of services and resources; Audio-visual, multimedia and IT provision.

Purple dotPublishing and book trade statistics

UK publishers' revenue; Books published; Book sales by destination; Periodical prices and number of titles.

Purple dotContributors and related publications

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The 1998 L.I.S.T. was compiled and published by

LISU, Loughborough University, Loughborough, Leicstershire, LE11 3TU
Telephone: +44 (0)1509 223071
Fax: +44 (0)1509 223072
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 1998 L.I.S.T.:

Purple dot LISU Annual Library Statistics

Purple dotAverage Prices of British/USA Academic Books

Purple dotPublic Library Materials Funds and Budget Survey

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

Purple dotA Survey of NHS Libraries: Statistics from the NHS Regional Librarians Group

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Copyright © British Library Board, 1998.

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