Czech Republic: Library Facts: Czech Library Network “Densest” in EU
From the Prague Post:
The Czech Republic has the densest network of public libraries in the EU, with almost as many libraries as towns, and Czechs continuously show a strong interest in borrowing books with the exception of a temporary decline after the fall of the communist regime in 1989.
In 2013, the NK (National Library] was visited by 667,692 people, according to the relevant annual report. Over a half of them came to borrow a book, but more than 200,000 came to use the public Internet.
The NK loaned 669,806 books and other items in 2013.
Of the EU’s 63,000 public libraries, 5,408 are in the Czech Republic, which is 5.1 libraries per 10,000 inhabitants, compared with the EU’s average of 1.3.
Czech libraries loaned a total of 41.5 million books and other items in 2013.
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