May 22, 2022

IFLA’s Metropolitan Libraries Section Releases Latest Statistical Survey, Data From 56 Urban Public Libraries Located Around the World

From the IFLA Web Site:

There was participation from 56 libraries from all over the world.

The [2011] survey presents:

  • more than 20 indicators which give a snapshot of current trends regarding inputs, collections, expenditures, staff and outputs.
  • for the second year, data about hot topics such as electronic services and social networking
  • the ranking of top libraries in various measures or ratios

Direct to 2011 Statistical Survey Findings (PDF)
Note: Benchmarking chart of pages 28-30. 

Data Sources

  • Amsterdam Public Library
  • Auckland Libraries
  • Barcelona Libraries Consortium
  • Berlin Public Library
  • Bremen Public Library
  • Brisbane City Council
  • Bucharest, Metropolitan Library
  • Charlotte Mecklenburg Library
  • Chicago Public Library
  • Cleveland Public Library
  • Columbus Metropolitan Library
  • Copenhagen Public Libraries
  • Dresden Public Libraries
  • Dublin City Libraries
  • Düsseldorf Public Libraries
  • Edmonton Public Library
  • Gold Coast City Council
  • Halifax Public Libraries
  • Hannover Public Library
  • Helsinki City Library
  • Hong Kong Public Libraries
  • Houston Public Library
  • Indianapolis-Marion County Public Library
  • Jacksonville Public Library
  • Los Angeles Public Library
  • Manchester City Council Libraries
  • Memphis Public Library & Information Center
  • Miami-Dade Public Library System
  • Milwaukee Public Library
  • Montréal Public Library
  • New York Public Library
  • Oklahoma Metropolitan Library System
  • Oslo Public Library
  • Ottawa Public Library
  • Philadelphia, Free Library Of
  • Pima County Public Library
  • Queens Borough Public Library
  • Riga Central Library
  • Rotterdam Library
  • Sacramento Public Library
  • San Francisco Public Library
  • San Jose Public Library
  • Seattle Public Library
  • Singapore, National Library Board
  • State Library of Queensland
  • Stockholm Public Library
  • Tallinn Central Library
  • Toledo-Lucas County Public Library
  • Toronto Public Library
  • Vancouver Public Library
  • Vienna Public Library
  • Vilnius City Library
  • Yarra Plenty Regional Library Service
  • Zagreb City Libraries
  • Zurich Pestalozzi Librar

See Also: Direct to Previous Editions of the Annual Statistical Survey Report (Back to 2000)

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