Libraries

Libraries Catalonia. 2016
Libraries Service points Books Internet connection
Library of Catalonia 1 2 1,436,057 1
Publics 452 452 12,385,591 451
For specific user groups 20 21 147,916 13
Higher education institutes 55 91 5,701,168 55
Specialities 319 375 6,411,983 302
Total 847 941 26,082,715 822
Distribution for inhabitants (1) 1.14 1.26 3.50 ..
Source: Idescat. Library Statistics.
(1) Libraries and sevice points per 10,000 inhabitants and books per inhabitant.
Libraries Spain. 2016
Libraries Service points Books Internet connection
National library and similar 8 10 19,865,939 8
Publics 4,035 5,025 75,670,191 3,911
For specific user groups 198 278 1,916,585 99
Higher education institutes 300 817 44,238,743 294
Specialities 2,095 2,434 36,485,527 1,767
Total 6,636 8,564 178,176,985 6,079
Distribution for inhabitants (1) 1.43 1.84 3.84 ..
Source: INE. Library Statistics.
(1) Libraries and sevice points per 10,000 inhabitants and books per inhabitant.

Date published: March 28, 2018.

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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 and military libraries, according to the definition of the operation, are not included.

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.

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