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Thursday, August 20, 2009

PL 53/09: Children’s share up by 50% in UK

Filed under: statistics — plinius @ 2:16 pm

readingIn British public libraries, the demand for children’s books – as a percentage of all loans – increased by fifty percent from 1993 till 2008.

This must be considered a major shift in library use.

The share of adult fiction fell substantially, from 58 to 44 percent of the the total, while the share of adult non-fiction remained rather stable.

The actual numbers were:

  • adult fiction: 58.1 percent in 92-93 / 51.8 in 99-00 / 44.3 in 07-08
  • adult non-fiction: 20.8 / 19.3 / 22.4
  • children’s books: 21.1 / 28.9 / 33.3

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