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Libraries Catalonia. Value
Libraries Books Registered users Visitors Libraries per 10,000 inhabitants
2018 850 26,208,991 5,404,115 38,571,328 1.12
2016 858 (b) 26,139,984 (b) 5,410,801 (b) 39,676,947 (b) 1.14 (b)
2014 839 25,579,188 5,565,281 41,208,552 1.13
2012 835 24,941,752 4,490,124 43,346,083 1.12
2010 811 24,373,526 3,794,801 42,027,339 1.09
2008 818 22,479,430 3,667,052 41,361,096 1.12
2006 832 22,098,628 3,350,530 40,612,544 1.19
2004 835 19,885,008 2,775,815 41,990,816 1.20
2002 835 18,069,100 3,274,280 38,354,964 1.30
2000 865 18,748,500 .. .. 1.40
1998 876 17,214,200 .. .. 1.40
1996 887 16,338,200 .. .. 1.50
1994 879 15,551,400 .. .. 1.40
1992 876 14,580,600 .. .. 1.40
Source: Idescat. Library Statistics.
(b) Break in time series.
(..) Confidential data, low reliability or not available.
Libraries Spain. Value
Libraries Books Registered users Visitors Libraries per 10,000 inhabitants
2018 6,458 180,073,249 21,828,897 197,761,115 1.38
2016 6,636 178,176,985 22,264,747 197,073,367 1.43
2014 6,717 173,954,046 21,814,510 206,946,728 1.45
2012 6,835 167,109,309 20,380,002 216,434,577 1.48
2010 6,608 159,259,600 18,073,387 215,979,141 1.43
2008 6,601 150,463,756 16,292,461 204,356,989 1.45
2006 6,523 142,787,938 14,793,690 194,697,381 1.50
2004 6,585 132,144,564 13,884,650 186,172,942 1.50
2002 6,371 117,609,190 12,595,917 152,357,383 1.50
2000 7,103 115,804,120 .. .. 1.80
1998 6,768 109,372,630 .. .. 1.70
1996 6,664 93,866,400 .. .. 1.70
1994 6,531 87,438,500 .. .. 1.70
1992 6,207 75,880,900 .. .. 1.50
Source: INE. Library Statistics.
(..) Confidential data, low reliability or not available.

Methodological note

The Library Statistics compile data on all public and private libraries, regardless of ownership, excepting private libraries whose use is not permitted to the public, even under special conditions. School libraries, according to the definition of the operation, are not included. From 2016 onwards, information has been obtained from the military libraries in Catalonia.

Libraries may have one or more service points defined as separate locations where library services are provided.

The Library Statistics are carried out biennially and adhere to the international standards of UNESCO. Beginning in 2002, it has been adjusted for the ISO 2789 standard.

In 2002, the type of libraries was redefined, so there is a new category corresponding to libraries for specific user groups.

The Catalan Institute of Statistics issued the first Library Statistics in 1992. The data from previous years has problems of thoroughness.