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Libraries

Libraries Catalonia. 2018
Value Variation (%)
Libraries 850 -0.9
Books 26,208,991 0.3
Registered users 5,404,115 -0.1
Visitors 38,571,328 -2.8
Libraries per 10,000 inhabitants 1.12 z
Source: Idescat. Library Statistics.
(z) Category not applicable.
Libraries Spain. 2018
Value Variation (%)
Libraries 6,458 -2.7
Books 180,073,249 1.1
Registered users 21,828,897 -2.0
Visitors 197,761,115 0.3
Libraries per 10,000 inhabitants 1.38 z
Source: INE. Library Statistics.
(z) Category not applicable.

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.