47 million physical units
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47 million physical units

Special research libraries had by the last turn of the year registered about 47 million physical units in their collections. 40 per cent of their physical units are books.

More than half of the books are found in libraries at Universities and scientific colleges. In total there are the same number of patents, but 9 out of 10 are with the public special libraries.

By the end of 2005, the special research libraries had about 356 million digital documents in their collections, but almost all of them are with the National Library. This is an increase of 344 million the last year. The cause of this large increase is that last year the National Library started to collect and store most digital documents from the Norwegian domain on the Internet, as a part of the process to preserve our digital cultural heritage. In addition the special research libraries also have extensive collections of databases and current periodical title series.

The libraries had a total expenditure of about NOK 1,1 billion in 2005. At the end of 2005 there were performed 1 526 man-years in the 320 library units covered in this statistics. Librarians performed 2/3 of the man- years.