Plinius

Friday, August 8, 2008

PL 21/08: Metropolitan visits

Filed under: IFLA, statistics — plinius @ 9:31 pm

In its recent newsletter, the IFLA Statistics and evaluation section presents an interesting set of data on metropolitan libraries, from the year 2006.

Hong Kong Central Library.

Thirteen library systems serve a population of more than one million:

  • Hong Kong 6.990 thousand inhabitants
  • Singapore 4.480
  • New York City 3.310
  • Brooklyn 2.500
  • Toronto 2.500
  • Queens 2.230
  • Paris 2.130
  • Bucharest 1.930
  • Budapest 1.70
  • Vienna 1.660
  • Montreal 1.620
  • Barcelona 1.610
  • Prague 1.190
  • Note: rounded to three significant digits

For these thirteen “cities”, I give the median values of some indicators (2006):

  1. The number of registered users as a percentage of the population: 31 percent
  2. The number of new users as a percentage of the total number of users: 17 percent
  3. The number of library visits per inhabitant: 3,7
  4. The number of library visits per user: 11,7
  5. The number of virtual visits per 100 physical vists: 34 (based on ten libraries)
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