This is an archived release.
Lending at 2.3 million
Lending in special and research libraries totalled 2.3 million in 2012.
|2011||2012||Percent of change|
|2011 - 2012||2007 - 2012|
|Books and publication series, number of volumes, total||20 020 128||19 807 915||-1||-2|
|Audio visual documents||1 263 001||2 801 737||122||229|
|Graphic and cartographic material||3 185 516||3 203 852||1||-26|
|Digital documents||1 528 393 715||4 732 043 153|
|Loans total||2 299 250|
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.