Good evening, I would like to ask a question about financing of finnish public libraries. I know that there is only three sources for libraries -…

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03.02.2010

Good evening,

I would like to ask a question about financing of finnish public libraries.

I know that there is only three sources for libraries - municipality and the ministry of education (state) and the sponsors.

But how much the libraries effect the high of money they get?

Then, in 2008 and in 2007 the libraries spent around 280 mil. euros. Can you tell me, how much came from the Ministry, how much from municipalities, and how much from sponsors, and how much from European Union, if so?

Is there a continuous financial extraction from EU funds? From which ones?

Thank you very much!!!!

Answer

Answered
08.02.2010
Last updated
15.02.2010

The basic division between state and municipal finance for libraries is 34.08% (state) and 65.92% (municipality). As of 1st January 2010, state subsidy for any given municipality is 54,63€ per inhabitants. These figures are from the Finnish language pages of the Ministry of Education. However, since the Ministry of Education is in charge of monitoring public library activities, you may contact the ministry for more information, especially concerning any possible EU funds. http://www.minedu.fi/OPM/Kirjastot/?lang=en
As for outside funding, we could not find any statistics. Situations may vary considerably from one community to another. In some communities and municipalities there might be close cooperation with educational institutes, if not in terms of straight financial support but in terms of joint events, use of schools’ or libraries’ facilities, just to name a couple of examples.

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