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Children are taking over. Adult book loans went down by twenty-five percent in five years. The number of reference questions also decreased, by 12,5 percent. But lending to children is keeping up.
The tendency is the same in Norway.
British library statistics showed these trends from 01-02 to 06-07 :
- Number of children’s books issued almost constant: 90.9 million in 01-02 and 90.5 in 06-07
- Number of books per child up from 8.2 to 8.6
- Number of adult fiction books issued down from 192 to 149 million
- Number of fiction books per adult down from 4.0 to 3.0
- Number of adult non-fiction books issued down from 93.4 to 75.2 million
- Number of non-fiction books per adult down from 2.0 to 1.5
- Acquisitions up from 11.0 to 12.4 million volumes
- Acquisitions per hundred persons up from 18 to 21 volumes
- Acquistions of audio-visual materials up from 1,48 t 1,50 million units
- Total book stock down from 116 million volumes in 01-02 to 103 million volumes in 06-07
- Book stock per capita down from 1.92 to 1.75 volumes
- Turnover rate down from 3,24 to 3,06*
- Enquiries satisfied down from 58.5 to 51.2 million
- Enquiries per hundred persons down from 99 to 85
* The turnover rate, defined as issues/stock, shows to what extent the collection is actually used.
Source: LAMPOST Tables
In Norway, during the five years from 2002 to 2007, the same trends were visible. Book loans per child went slightly up. while book loans to adults declined substantially.
- Number of books per child up from 8.02 to 8.33
- Number of fiction books per adult down from 1.58 to 1.42
- Number of non-fiction books per adult down from 1.37 to 1.08
The per capita numbers (UK) are based on a population estimate from 2003:
- 11091 children aged 0-14
- 47746 adults aged 15+
- 49033 -10624 children aged 0-14
- 49033 adults aged 15+