Loans on books increased in 2019
Maltese public libraries lent more than one million books last year, registering an increase of 23,500 from the previous year, according to the latest data released by the National Statistics Office.
Throughout the year, book acquisitions by public libraries amounted to 47,754, up 31.3% from the previous year.
Book donations and purchases by public libraries increased by 39.7% and 17.4% respectively. In contrast, the acquisition of e-books decreased by 2.4% compared to 2018.
New members of public libraries in 2019 were 6,071, down 3.1% from new members registered the year before. Most of the new memberships – nearly 65.5% – were from people under the age of 18, the data shows.
Compared to the previous year, the largest increase in book loans was recorded by public libraries in the Southeast District. In total, this district recorded an annual increase of 14.3% in book lending, with the main increase being recorded by the Qrendi Public Library. The increase was 10,633 book loans, or 80.2%, from the previous year.
In contrast, the Northern District recorded the largest decrease, with 18.4% less book loans compared to 2018. In this case, the main decrease comes from the Mosta Public Library, which recorded a decrease. of 16,183 book loans, 27.5% less than the previous year.
In 2019, the number of books and periodicals received by the National Library of Malta under legal deposit reached 1,579, a decrease of 9.3% compared to 2018. The share of periodicals represented 52.5% of these deposits .
Imports and exports of printed books and periodicals in 2019 decreased compared to the previous year and amounted to € 10.9 million and € 3.9 million, respectively.
In 2019, the value of imports decreased by 11.9%, while exports fell by 16.8%. In contrast, the share of expenditure on printed matter in total private final consumption expenditure remained stable compared to the previous year.
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