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 2020 are preliminary. All other figures are final.

Changes as of 8 July 2021:
The final figures for 2019 have been published.
The preliminary figures for 2020 have been added.

When will new figures be published?
Preliminary figures for 2021 will be published in July 2022.

Description topics

Volumes lent out to the public
Total number of volumes lent out to the public by libraries, excluding mobile libraries and excluding e-books. More information on the digital public library can be found here in the table explanation.
From 2006 onwards there are no figures on magazine single issues and other material due to a lack of quality in the underlying data. In 2008 libraries adjusted their reported data on volumes lent out to the public for the number of extensions of items already lent out. Because of this the number of volumes lent out to the public is somewhat lower than would have been the case without the adjustment.
Total volumes lent out to the public
The sum of volumes lent out to the public of the sub collections books (excluding e-books), sheet music, audiovisual materials, magazine single issues and other collections.
From 2006 onwards magazine single issues and other material are not included in total volumes lent out to the public.
Sheet music
Magazine single issues
From 2006 onwards there are no figures on magazine single issues due to a lack of quality in the underlying data.
Other material
From 2006 onwards there are no figures on other collections due to a lack of quality in the underlying data.