Books Borrowed, 2005


Books Borrowed


This “Worldmapper” map shows the number of books borrowed from public libraries by country. Territory size shows the proportion of all library books in the world that were borrowed in a particular country. The most books were borrowed in Russia, and there were high rates of borrowing in Europe and Japan. Many territories reported very little borrowing.

The map is accompanied by two tables that show ranked lists of the ten countries with the most and least library books borrowed per person in 1999. Territories for which data was estimated are not shown in the table. No data was available for Southern Asia, so estimates were created from the Asia Pacific rates. There is also a bar graph that shows the number of library books borrowed per person by region.

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