Libraries

Libraries Catalonia. 2014
Libraries Service points Books Internet connection
Library of Catalonia 1 2 1,404,257 1
Publics 436 440 11,891,044 435
For specific user groups 22 23 169,490 13
Higher education institutes 54 92 5,880,481 54
Specialities 326 365 6,233,916 306
Total 839 922 25,579,188 809
Distribution for inhabitants (1) 1.13 1.24 3.45 ..
Source: Idescat. Library Statistics.
(1) Libraries and sevice points per 10,000 inhabitants and books per inhabitant.
Libraries Spain. 2014
Libraries Service points Books Internet connection
National library and similar 9 11 19,814,009 9
Publics 4,070 5,090 73,520,007 4,070
For specific user groups 216 277 1,894,918 216
Higher education institutes 297 850 43,777,929 297
Specialities 2,125 2,502 34,947,183 2,125
Total 6,717 8,730 173,954,046 6,070
Distribution for inhabitants (1) 1.45 1.88 3.75 ..
Source: INE. Library Statistics.
(1) Libraries and sevice points per 10,000 inhabitants and books per inhabitant.

Date published: December 17, 2015.

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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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