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Overall library expenditure in the European Union has remained static throughout the last decade. The library industry employed approximately 237,000 persons in the latter half of the 1980s, and consumed ECU 6.6 billion per annum, equivalent to approximately ECU 8,014 million when repriced at 1993 constant prices. Maintenance of libraries continues to be a central element in the cultural programmes of the member states of the European Union. However, there has been a marked change in the relative focus of libraries' investment during the decade. Although public libraries remain the principal source of library services, accounting for just under one half of gross library expenditure (49 %), the main areas of investment growth have been devoted towards the higher education sector. This reflects an implicit policy to employ the resources of the library services in education programmes, and to some extent illustrates the switch in public sector resources from secondary towards tertiary education. Although the main report is in English, guidance notes are annexed in seven European languages.

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Authors: RAMSDALE P, Institute of Public Finance Ltd. for the European Commission
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 15903 EN (1995) 244 pp., FS, ECU 21.50
Availability: (2)
ISBN: ISBN 92-826-9197-7
Record Number: 199411213 / Last updated on: 1995-03-21
Original language: en
Available languages: en
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