Rise in loans
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Academic and special libraries2009



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Rise in loans

At the end of 2009, special and research libraries had made over 4.6 million loans to the public. This number represents a rise in loans of just over 9 per cent. Eighty-seven per cent were local loans, whilst 619 000 were non-local loans. Non-local loans issued had an increase of 13 per cent.

Almost half of the loans, 2.1 million loans, were made by university libraries. A total of 1.9 million loans, or 89 per cent of these loans were local loans. The National Library had the lowest share of local loans with 27 per cent, whilst the other special and research libraries had more than 90 per cent local loans.

Collections of books and publication series


Books and publication series represent 63 per cent of the 33 million physical units in the special and research libraries. Other physical units are manuscripts, microfiches, written music, audio visual documents and other material.

Most librarian man-years

In 2009, 1 600 man-years were carried out at the 323 library units covered by these statistics. Sixty-six per cent of the man-years were performed by librarians. The libraries’ total expenditure amounted to about NOK 1.5 billion.