19 million volumes
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19 million volumes

Special and research libraries had a total of 19 million volumes of books and periodicals in their collections at the end of 2000. The collection increased by well over half a million volumes in 2000. Book stocks totalled 666 kilometres of shelves.

Libraries at universities and scientific colleges had more than half of the registered stocks of books and periodicals. College libraries had just over 15 per cent of the books and periodicals, while public special libraries had just under 18 per cent. In 2000, as in the previous year, the national libraries had 10 per cent of stocks, while private special libraries accounted for just over 3 per cent.

5 million visits

The number of registered visits to libraries totalled nearly five million in 2000. University and scientific colleges accounted for almost 53 per cent of these visits, while the college libraries had 41 per cent. Private special libraries had only 0.5 per cent of visits. Average opening hours per week was 23 hours.

Stable issues

Issues remained stable at special and research libraries. Around 3.8 million loans were made in 2000. Of these almost 500 000 were non-local loans, while 3.3 million were local loans. Non-local loans are loans between library systems under different administrative units.

Library expenditures totalled NOK 745 million in 2000. Twenty-eight per cent were used for purchases of materials for the collections. Libraries at the universities and scientific colleges accounted for more than half of the amount spent on accessions.

Just over 1 800 employees were registered at the close of 2000 at the 357 library units covered by the statistics. Half of these held professional positions. All told, they worked just over 1 580 man-years, with professional employees accounting for 52 per cent of man-years.

The statistics for special and research libraries were compiled by Statistics Norway and were collected in cooperation with the National Office for Research and Special Libraries.