ST 10/10: Visits and loans – some global data

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There is currently no single source for library statistics in the world as a whole.

Picture: From the extreme south of Argentina

Below we reproduce some data from some countries – to illustrate the widely different levels of activity (as measured by visits and loans) in different countries. There are rather more data available on the web, particularly from the most industrialized countries. But most of the world’s 200+ countries do not publish library statistics on the web.

The 2007 International Library Survey in Latin America and the Carribean contacted the library authorities in forty-one countries and got data from twenty-five. Among the countries that responded nine countries gave data on public library visits and fifteen on public library loans (see Annex 2).  But the data provided may be incomplete. We know, for instance, that the statistics from Argentina do not include data from Buenos Aires (p. 7)

ASIA & OCEANIA

New Zealand 2008/09

  • 8,97 visits per capita
  • 13.61 loans per capita

Singapore 2008/09

  • 8.26 visits
  • 6.13 loans

EUROPE

Finland 2008
  • 10.55 visits
  • 18.92 loans
Lithuania 2007
  • 3,02 visits
  • 6,93 loans

Spain 2008

  • 1.22 loans

LATIN AMERICA around 2005

Mexico

  • 0.64 visits
  • 0.023 loans [?]

Venezuela

  • 0.46 visit
  • 0.75 loans

Colombia

  • 0.40 visits
  • 0.57 loans

Santa Lucia

  • 0.30 visits
  • 0.35 loans

Costa Rica

  • 0.20 visits
  • 0.12 loans

Suriname

  • 0.046 visits
  • 0.10 loans

Guyana

  • 0.075 visits
  • 0.22 loans

Chile

  • 0.025 visits
  • 0.025 loans

Argentina

  • 0.011 visits
  • 0.006 loans

NORTH AMERICA

British Columbia (Canada) 2008

  • 6.27 visits
  • 11.9 loans

Sources

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