Saturday, April 2, 2011

PL 9/11: Less public library use in Finland

Filed under: statistics — plinius @ 9:27 am

Finland has just published its public library statistics for 2010.

I’ve reproduced the key figures for 2000 and 2010 as a Google Docs spreadsheet. Some snippets:

During the last decade

  • loans per inhabitant have gone down from 19.9 (!) til 18,.1
  • stocks per inhabitant from 7.95 to 7.45
  • book stock from 7.2 til 6.7

The decline is hardly due to the weeding. Finland still has exceptionally high stocks per inhabitant. Nedgangen skyldes neppe kasseringen. accessions have actually gone up:

  • from 312 to 339 per thousand inhabitants

During these ten years

  • visits per inhabitant have declined from 12.4 to 9.9
    • – a twenty percent reduction

Salary costs have increased much faster than media costs:

  • media costs up from 6.8 to 7.5 euro per inhabitant
  • staff costs up from 22.8 to 30.8
    • not adjusted for inflation, though …

Finland uses production costs per unit (one visit = one loan = 1 unit) as a measure of productivity

  • unit costs increased from 0.92 to 1.37 euros
    • not adjusted for inflation



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