Lending at 2.3 million
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Lending at 2.3 million

Lending in special and research libraries totalled 2.3 million in 2012.

Special and research libraries. Collections and loans. Figures and per cent
20112012Percent of change
2011 - 20122007 - 2012
Books and publication series, number of volumes, total20 020 12819 807 915-1-2
Audio visual documents1 263 0012 801 737122229
Graphic and cartographic material3 185 5163 203 8521-26
Digital documents1 528 393 7154 732 043 153
Loans total2 299 250

Lending of books and other objects in special and research libraries in Norway totalled 2.3 million in 2012. Due to report changes, lending figures are not comparable to previous years.

Local lending ended at 1.9 million for the year, while inter-library lending reached 0.4 million. In combination, this brings total lending to 2.3 million.

The collection of volumes of books and periodicals remains at 20 million. A total staff of nearly 2 000 individuals worked 1 600 man-years in the special and research libraries nationwide.

Research libraries serve mainly tertiary academic institutions, while special libraries serve other organisations. Most research libraries are public, while special libraries are usually not. In addition, the statistics include the National Library of Norway. The national library is open to the public, but has most of its volume collection in storage. Volumes are retrieved for advance requests.