Library Usage Approaching Pre-epidemic Levels

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The number of visitors to Hungarian libraries is approaching the pre-epidemic levels, according to a survey by the Library Institute of the National Széchényi Library, writes hrportal.hu.

Between January 17 and May 20, the institute conducted a national data collection of Hungarian libraries.

The survey examined the current operation of the libraries, the number of readers, the organization of events and accompanying programs, and the library employees.

The trends in library statistics that unfolded until 2019 were spectacularly broken by the coronavirus epidemic and the subsequent energy crisis, and these external factors beyond the libraries' control will probably affect the statistics of 2023 as well.

The good news is that the number of personal library users, borrowings, opening days, and the number of people participating in library programs has begun to rise sharply; typically, it increased by almost 30% compared to 2021, the analysis states.

A total of 22.46 million documents were borrowed from the libraries participating in the survey in 2019; this number decreased to 12.07 million in 2021 but was already at 15.84 million last year.

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