Research and Analytics
CIPFA Public Library Estimates Statistics
This is the twenty eighth annual compilation of the Public Library statistics based on estimates and it is the twelfth edition to include statistics for Scotland and Northern Ireland. Returns have been received from 208 authorities, representing a response rate of 100%. In order to allow more meaningful comparisons, summary tables have been 'grossed-up' to account for missing data.
In 2001-2002 local authorities in the United Kingdom are expecting to spend a total of just under £910m on the provision of the public library service, with income of £83m anticipated from fines and other sources. The estimated net expenditure (including capital charges) of £944m shows an increase of 5.6% over 2000-2001 compared to an increase in the RPI of 2.3% over the same period.
The following pie chart illustrates the make-up of total expenditure.
Income from customer and client receipts, which includes fines and fees, meets only 5.8% of total expenditure. The main purpose of fines is of course to encourage users to return material they have borrowed from the library promptly. However, the income derived from this source is a useful element towards containing net expenditure.
The net cost per 1000 population (including Capital Charges) for the public library service is £15,817, which is just over 30 pence per person per week.
Authorities expect to employ a total of 26,645.9 staff, this is a reduction of 62.9 or 0.2% over 2000-2001. Table 1 summarises these changes.
The statistics show that the number of Service Points is expected to decrease by 141 over last year. The figures for the period since 1999-2000 are summarised in Table 2.
The total book stock at the beginning of the financial year was estimated to be just under 120 million volumes, the equivalent of 2.0 books per person.
In general inter authority comparisons should be undertaken with caution because their validity is affected by factors such as daytime population in city authorities and the expense of rural library provision for a widely scattered population in country areas.
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