The Finns are avid readers and library users: in 2018 the total annual lending was 84.5 million items (15.4 per capita), the annual number of library visits was 50 million (9 per capita) and the internet services of the libraries were used 38 million times. The total material stock was 34 million items. There is a public library in every municipality (282), most of them also have branch libraries (437) and bookmobiles (135).

The data in the Finnish Public Libraries Statistics Database and its maintenance is the responsibility of the Ministry of Education and Culture.

All the public libraries in Finland (except Aland Islands) and the Regional State Administrative Agencies take part in the production of the statistical information.