Academic libraries and special libraries: Library visits (cases of use, in thousand)

3 158.7
Sunk -68.4 % compared to 2019

Academic libraries and special libraries: Additions of books, newspapers, magazines and collectibles (physical units, in thousand)

Sunk -16.4 % compared to 2019

Public libraries: Library visits (in thousand)

7 157.4
Sunk -32.0 % compared to 2019


 According to UNESCO's definition, a library is any organized collection of printed books and periodicals or other graphic or audiovisual materials. The staff enables and facilitates the use of the required materials for information, research, teaching or recreation.

The statistics on scientific and special libraries are conducted annually by Statistics Austria as a voluntary survey. Since the reporting year 2010, it has been supplemented by data from the Austrian Library Statistics (ÖBS), which is compiled by the Higher Education Center of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia on behalf of the Austrian Library Network and Service GmbH. The data includes media inventory, new media acquisitions, library usage, and library staff and expenditures. The statistics for public libraries come from the Austrian Library Association (BVÖ)

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Academic libraries and special libraries 2020 at a glance (table)

S: STATISTICS AUSTRIA, Academic and special libraries survey 2020, Austrian Library Statistics. Compiled on 27th July 2022.

S: Austrian Library Association. Compiled on 9th May 2022.

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