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Global Library Statistics

These statistics that represent the total global library universe include data, if available, for the total number of libraries, librarians, volumes, expenditures, and users for every country and territory in the world broken down into the major library types: academic, public, school, special and national. It is important to remember that these figures do not represent OCLC membership. The statistics also include available data for languages used, and the number of library schools, publishers, and museums.

The three regions represent those used by the OCLC Global and Regional Councils: the Americas (North and South America), EMEA (Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and India), and Asia Pacific (Asia, Australia and Oceania).

The Global Library Statistics were developed from an earlier OCLC Research prototype.

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