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Monday, August 6, 2007

PL 25/07: More fiction in smaller libraries

Filed under: statistics — plinius @ 1:45 pm

tromsolib.jpgIn a typical year, about four thousand titles are published in Norwegian. One quarter is fiction and three quarters non-fiction. All libraries receive one free copy of new fiction in Norwegian. New books by literary authors are thus available in all public libraries.

The picture shows the new public library in Tromsø. 

A similar coverage of non-fiction is not possible. The books are too many, and often too specialized, to warrant acquisition by smaller libraries.

In the districts, collections are strongest in fiction. In cities, non-fiction titles take precedence in the adult section. The Table shows the share of non-fiction titles in acquisitions, by the size of the municipality, in Norway 2006.

Non-fiction acquisitions of public libraries. Norway 2006. Percent.

Population size (000)

>100

50-100

30-50

20-30

15-20

10-15

Non-fiction

57

52

50

47

45

39

N

5

9

11

20

17

40

***

Population size (000)

7,5-10

5-7,5

3-5

2-3

1-2

<1

Non-fiction

38

37

34

33

25

27

N

30

62

75

66

69

27

Source: ABM. Statistikk for bibliotek og museum 2006. Oslo: ABM, 2007.

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