Finnish Public Library Statistics 2020 published

The Finnish public library statistics from 2020 are published. The Covid-19 restrictions are clearly visible in the 2020 statistics as, due to the springtime’s complete closure of library premises and later restrictions to services, the visitor numbers declined from 2019 roughly by a third. The drop in visitor numbers fluctuated regionally and the decline was greater in areas heavily impacted by the Corona virus pandemic.

Despite the restrictions to library services, lending dropped only by less than 20 %. Finnish public libraries significantly increased the acquisition of eBooks and other eResources in 2020, and lending of eBooks increased by 40 %.

You can study the statistics in more detail in English on the Finnish Public Libraries Statistics page and find more information on the Regional State Administrative Offices’ press release in Finnish.