Public libraries


This table presents an overview of the number of public libraries, the number of volumes in collections, the number of volumes lent out to the public, registered users, the staff working for public libraries and their operating costs and revenues.

ta available from: 1999.

Status of the figures:
The figures for 2018 are preliminary. All other figures are final.

Changes as of 10 December 2019:
The explanation of the topics Revenues from on-charged costs and Total revenues from on-charged costs have been adjused.

When will new figures be published?
Figures for 2019 will be published in November 2020.

Public libraries

Periods Number of libraries (number) Volume collectionsTotal volume collections (x 1 000) Volume collectionsBooksTotal number of books (x 1 000) BooksBooks for adults >= 18 yrsTotal books for adults >=18 yrs (x 1 000) BooksBooks for adults >= 18 yrsFiction (x 1 000) BooksBooks for adults >= 18 yrsNon-fiction (x 1 000) BooksBooks for young people =< 17 yrsTotal books for young people =< 17 yrs (x 1 000) BooksBooks for young people =< 17 yrsFiction (x 1 000) BooksBooks for young people =< 17 yrsNon-fiction (x 1 000) Volume collectionsSheet music (x 1 000) Volume collectionsAudiovisual materialTotal audiovisual material (x 1 000) Volume collectionsAudiovisual materialMusic CDs (x 1 000) Volume collectionsAudiovisual materialDVDs (x 1 000) Volume collectionsAudiovisual materialOther audiovisual material (x 1 000) Volumes lent out to the publicTotal volumes lent out to the public (x 1 000) Volumes lent out to the publicBooksTotal volumes of books (x 1 000) BooksBooks for adults >= 18 yrsTotal books for adults >= 18 yrs (x 1 000) BooksBooks for adults >= 18 yrsFiction (x 1 000) 18 BooksBooks for adults >= 18 yrsNon-fiction (x 1 000) 19 BooksBooks for young people =< 17 yrsTotal books for young people =< 17 yrs (x 1 000) 20 BooksBooks for young people =< 17 yrsFiction (x 1 000) 21 BooksBooks for young people =< 17 yrsNon-fiction (x 1 000) 22 Volumes lent out to the publicSheet music (x 1 000) Volumes lent out to the publicAudiovisual materialTotal audiovisual material (x 1 000) Volumes lent out to the publicAudiovisual materialMusic CDs (x 1 000) Volumes lent out to the publicAudiovisual materialDVDs (x 1 000) Volumes lent out to the publicAudiovisual materialOther audiovisual material (x 1 000) Registered usersTotal registered users (x 1 000) Registered usersYoung people =< 17 yrs (x 1 000) Registered usersAdults >=18 yrs (x 1 000) Staff and volunteersTotal staffTotal number of persons (number) Staff and volunteersTotal staffNumber of full-timers (number) Staff and volunteersTotal staffNumber of part-timers (number) Staff and volunteersTotal staffNumber of full-time equivalents (number) Operating costs and revenuesRevenuesTotal revenues (mln euro) Operating costs and revenuesRevenuesRevenues from users (mln euro) Operating costs and revenuesRevenuesRevenues from mobile services (mln euro) RevenuesGrants and contributionsTotal grants and contributions (mln euro) RevenuesRevenues from on-charged costsTotal revenues from on-charged costs (mln euro) Operating costs and revenuesRevenuesInterest received (mln euro) Operating costs and revenuesRevenuesOther revenues (mln euro) Operating costs and revenuesCostsTotal costs (mln euro) Operating costs and revenuesCostsHousing costs (mln euro) Operating costs and revenuesCostsEmployed staff (mln euro) Operating costs and revenuesCostsNon-employed staff (mln euro) Operating costs and revenuesCostsAdministration and ICT (mln euro) Operating costs and revenuesCostsMedia costs (mln euro) Operating costs and revenuesCostsOther costs (mln euro)
2010 excl. 166 31,323 28,532 16,194 8,791 7,403 12,338 8,982 3,356 494 2,297 910 913 475 100,102 93,398 49,961 38,258 11,703 43,437 36,269 7,168 255 6,450 1,420 3,799 1,231 3,996 2,113 1,883 8,970 920 8,050 5,190 574.2 71.8 1.5 473.6 11.9 1.8 13.7 567.2 123.2 254.3 16.0 50.5 77.4 45.7
2015 excl. 156 25,356 23,231 11,986 6,678 5,308 11,245 8,541 2,704 365 1,761 450 948 363 78,069 72,728 35,510 27,401 8,109 37,218 31,704 5,514 123 5,217 667 3,793 756 3,784 2,306 1,478 6,813 740 6,073 4,143 520.3 62.8 1.0 428.9 18.1 1.1 8.4 517.7 122.2 227.7 17.3 46.2 63.1 41.0
2016 excl. 154 24,859 22,924 11,400 6,398 5,002 11,524 8,905 2,619 350 1,585 343 911 331 73,468 68,811 32,941 25,401 7,541 35,870 30,551 5,319 102 4,554 564 3,356 634 3,716 2,306 1,410 6,639 712 5,927 4,076 519.5 62.7 0.7 427.0 19.1 0.7 9.3 512.5 118.5 229.8 17.1 43.8 58.7 44.6
2017 excl. 149 25,201 23,342 11,592 6,395 5,197 11,750 9,076 2,674 329 1,530 312 902 316 71,490 67,380 31,411 24,233 7,178 35,969 30,727 5,242 93 4,017 443 2,848 725 3,704 2,331 1,373 6,682 704 5,978 4,193 507.0 58.0 1.2 413.9 17.4 0.2 16.3 509.0 115.6 232.7 19.8 43.1 56.7 41.1
2018 excl.* 146 24,252 22,554 10,792 5,896 4,896 11,761 9,047 2,714 330 1,368 266 813 289 66,537 63,236 28,772 22,276 6,496 34,464 29,309 5,155 78 3,222 337 2,397 488 3,635 2,290 1,346 6,743 694 6,049 4,213 512.5 56.4 2.0 418.9 20.7 0.1 14.4 519.4 115.3 244.9 18.9 42.9 55.0 42.3
Source: CBS
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