20 million books and publication series
In 2011, special and research libraries had 20 million books and publication series; one per cent more than the previous year. Lending by the public was 4.7 million, which was about the same as in 2010.
The number of books and publication series increased by one per cent and reached 20 million in 2011. Other private special libraries, university libraries and The National Library increased their numbers by four, three and two per cent respectively. The other types of libraries had a decrease in the number of books and publication series. The main decrease was at libraries of health institutions and college libraries, with a six per cent decrease since 2010. University libraries had the largest share of books and publication series, with 48 per cent of the total.
Same level of lending by the public as in 2010
Special and research libraries made almost 4.7 million loans to the public in 2011; about the same as in 2010. Since 2006, the total number of loans has risen by almost half a million, or 11 per cent.
In 2011, 1 600 full-time equivalents (FTEs) were carried out at the 314 library units covered by these statistics. Sixty-four per cent of the FTEs were performed by librarians. The libraries’ total expenditure amounted to about NOK 1.6 billion.