This is an archived release.
90 per cent increase in digital documents
Special research libraries had more than 670 million digital documents at the turn of last year - a 90 per cent increase from 2005. These libraries also had about 48 million physical units in their collections, of which 40 per cent were books.
The digitising of documents goes on. At the end of 2006, more than 670 million digital documents were registered in special research libraries. This represents an increase of 315 million last year. The majority of the digital documents are located in the National Library. The reason for the large increase is that the National Library has continued collecting and storing as many digital documents as possible from the Norwegian domain on the Internet, as a part of the process to preserve our digital cultural heritage.
More than half of the books are found in libraries at universities and university colleges.
The libraries had a total expenditure of about NOK 1.3 billion in 2006. At the end of 2006, the 314 library units covered by these statistics had performed 1 547 man-years, of which 80 per cent were by librarians.