Public libraries

Table description


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.

Data available from: 1999.

Status of the figures:
The figures for 2021 are preliminary. All other figures are final.

Changes as of 28 July 2022:
The final figures for 2020 have been published.
The preliminary figures for 2021 have been added.

When will new figures be published?
Preliminary figures for 2022 will be published in July 2023.

Description topics

Registered users
Memberships linked to a person. From 2015 onwards, users of mobile libraries are included in this number. Collective memberships (schools, homes for the elderly, etc.), trial subscriptions, and/or other fixed places where books can be lend, are excluded.
Total registered users
Young people =< 17 yrs
Adults >=18 yrs
Operating costs and revenues
Operating revenues excluding withdrawals from reserves and negative balances.
Operating costs excluding transfers to reserves and positive balances.
Revenues
Excluding withdrawals from reserves and negative balances.
Revenues from users
Membership fees plus the fees for lending items of the collections.