Plinius

Saturday, August 15, 2009

PL 51/09: Reading and library use in Italy

Filed under: statistics — plinius @ 12:48 pm

italylibraryA survey of 24 thousand families conducted in May 2006 provides interesting data on reading and library use in Italy.

The reading habits of children are strongly influenced by the parents. The percentage of children aged 6-10 who read books were:

  • 16% if the highest level of education among the parents was primary school or less
  • 40% if the highest level was middle school (licenza media)
  • 50% if the highest level was diploma superiore
  • 68% if the highest level was laurea (university degree)

Only ten percent of the population (11+) had visited a library (all types) during the last year. The regional differences are substantial. In the Italian north-east, 16% had visited a library. In the south, only 8% had done the same.

The frequency declines strongly by age:

  • 38% for people aged 11-14 years
  • 34% for people 15-17
  • 30% for people 18-19
  • 29% for people 20-24
  • 14% for people 25-34
  • 9% for people 35-44
  • 8% for people 45-54
  • 7% for people 55-59
  • 5% for people 60-64
  • 4% for people 65-74
  • 2% for people aged 75 or more

As a whole

  • Fifty-six percent of the population did not read books in their spare time.
  • Fourteen percent read 1-3 books in a year
  • Eleven percent read 4-6 books
  • Nine percent read 7-12 books
  • Five percent read 13-30 books
  • One percent read more than 30 books

People were asked about the origin of the last book they had read. The seven mostr important channels were:

  • Had it in the house: 18%
  • Bought in a bookstore: 17%
  • Got it as a gift: 16%
  • Bought in a shop or a shopping centre: 13%
  • Borrowed from a friend or relative: 13%
  • Received it with a magazine or newspaper: 7%
    • This channel has almost doubled in importance from 2000 to 2006
  • Borrowed from a library: 5%
    • This channel is somewhat less important in 2006 than in 2000 (from 6.0% to 5.4%)

Access to books in the family:

  • No books at home: 12%
  • 1-10 books: 18%
  • 11-25: 15%
  • 26-50: 16%
  • 51-100: 14%
  • 101-200: 10%
  • 201-400: 6%
  • More than 400: 6%
  • No answer: 4%

University education (head of family)

  • No books at home: 1%
  • 1-10 books: 4%
  • 11-25: 5%
  • 26-50: 10%
  • 51-100: 16%
  • 101-200: 20%
  • 201-400: 18%
  • More than 400: 24%
  • No answer: 2%

Primary education (head of family)

  • No books at home: 27%
  • 1-10 books: 26%
  • 11-25: 16%
  • 26-50: 13%
  • 51-100: 8%
  • 101-200: 4%
  • 201-400: 2%
  • More than 400: 1%
  • No answer: 4%

La lettura di libri in Italia (2006)

1 Comment »

  1. […] ti prosent av befolkningen hadde besokt et bibliotek foregaaende aar. Mer om dette paa PL 51/09: Reading and library use in Italy. Skriv en […]

    Pingback by P 117/09 « Plinius — Monday, August 17, 2009 @ 8:22 am


RSS feed for comments on this post. TrackBack URI

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

Blog at WordPress.com.

%d bloggers like this: