Saturday, May 23, 2009

PL 33/09: Ten European city libraries

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

tibidaboThe Tibidabo project is an ongoing indicator based  study of metropolitan libraries in Europe.

View of Barcelona from Tibidabo …

I have used some of the 2003 data reported by Anna Roig to categorize the ten libraries covered in her paper (2006).

Helsinki stands out like a beacon, with thirteen visits and eighteen loans per inhabitant. The high turnover rate (5.5) shows that supply (collections) have been well adapted to demand (loans).

Lending books or spending time

In the middle we find two different groups. In Dublin, Oslo and Birmingham the number of loans is approximately the same as the number of visits. This reflects – usually – a high number of users that come to the library for study, work and recreation – without borrowing books. In Stuttgart and Bremen the number of visits is lower – and the number of loans per visit twice as high as in the former group. Their turnover lies at the Helsinki level.

In Spain, the libraries in Zaragoza, Barcelona and Valencia are mainly used for in-house activities rather than loans. Madrid has the same pattern of use as Dublin, Oslo and Birmingham – but with only 20-25% as much traffic.





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