SCONUL Annual Library Statistics
SCONUL has been collecting and publishing statistics from UK university libraries since 1987, with the aim of providing sound information on which policy decisions can be based. This set of data is the foundation for SCONUL’s other statistical reports and the Statistical Reporting Tool. Since 1995 the processing of the data has been carried out by the Library and Information Statistics Unit (LISU) at Loughborough University, which maintains a large backfile from which trends can be inferred.
Many library directors in UK universities and colleges of higher education regularly use the statistics to compare their service with the provision of services in other institutions. Sometimes the comparison is used to press the case for more funds, sometimes to plan improvements to services. Details from the statistical database are regularly extracted by LISU to provide close comparative data for similar institutions for benchmarking purposes. The figures are used widely by strategic planners in education and publishing. They are especially effective when SCONUL itself is arguing the case for national or international policy – nothing supports an argument so convincingly as a demonstrable fact or clear trend. SCONUL’s statistics are hard work to produce and they are worked hard once they are published.
Password protected access to the SCONUL Annual Library Statistics from 1998-1999 onwards is available at: https://www.sconul.ac.uk/statistics/stats_internal/. Access to this data requires a log-in using your personal account. If you have forgotten your login details, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
The SCONUL Annual Library Statistics are published yearly and print copies can be purchased from SCONUL. See https://www.sconul.ac.uk/publications/pubs/publications.html#a4 for more information.