Plinius

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

PL 62/09: Libraries in Spain

Filed under: statistics — plinius @ 8:09 pm

ebroSpain has an important library community.

The sculpture (right) is called El Alma del Ebro. It consists of letters …
Alma means soul and the river Ebro gave its name to the Iberic Peninsula and its peoples.

In 2006, the country reported

  • one national library
  • seven central Autonomous Community libraries
  • 317 specific-user-group libraries,
  • 334 higher education institution libraries
  • 1,749 specialised libraries,
  • 4,115 public libraries

Visits and loans

  • The number of visitors [visits] reached 195 million – or an average of 4.42 visits per inhabitant in 2006.
  • Users borrowed 68 million documents, or an average of 1.55 units per person.
  • Books constituted 64% of the total.
    • These were followed by audiovisual (19%), audio (9%) and electronic (3%) items.
  • The total size of the library collection was 219 million documents
    • TH: Since the press release I quote does not distinguish between the activities of public and other types of libraries, there is no point in calculating turnover rates.

Digital services

  • Eighty-six percent of the libraries had Internet access
  • Seventy-four percent had computers for public use
  • Sixty-eight percent had automated catalogues
  • Fifty percent had automated lending
  • Twenty-one percent had their own web site

Staff

  • There were nearly 23,500 members of staff
    • 6,900 were professional librarians
    • 9,100 were library assistants
    • 7,400 were specialists and other staff
  • In addition, another 3,800 people worked with libraries as interns and as volunteers

Source

Resources

APPENDIX

National level

  • 1.55 loans and 4.42 visits per inhabitant in 2006 (all types of libraries)

Regions

Above 2.00 loans per capita

  • 2.79 and 4.68 – Castilla y León
  • 2.35 and 4.36 – Castilla-La Mancha
  • 2.33 and 5.80 – Cataluña
  • 2.27 and 3.06 – Aragón 2
  • 2.12 and 6.93 – Navarra (C. Foral de)

From 1.50 to 1.99 loans per capita

  • 1.89 and 5.05 – Madrid (Comunidad de)
  • 1.82 and 4.12 – Asturias (Principado de)
  • 1.73 and 5.33 – Rioja (La)
  • 1.53 and 2.94 – País Vasco

From 1.00 to 1.49 loans per capita

  • 1.19 and 4.89 – Murcia (Región de)
  • 1.16 and 3.57 – Extremadura
  • 1.13 and 2.69 – Balears (Illes)
  • 1.09 and 4.86 – Galicia
  • 1.01 and 3.77 – Comunitat Valenciana

Less than 1.00 loans per capita

  • 0.90 and 6.86 – Cantabria
  • 0.74 and 3.70 – Andalucía
  • 0.67 and 3.43 – Canarias
  • 0.24 and 0.72 – Melilla
  • 0.09 and 0.38 – Ceuta

The registered number of visits is surprisingly high relative to the number of loans …

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