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Education > Library books: Countries Compared

Ian Graham, Staff Editor

Author: Ian Graham, Staff Editor

Only 81 countries are on this list. The reason the United States and many other countries do not appear on this list could be that data was not collected, or not available.

According to the UNESCO Institute for Statistics table Selection of Indicators on Libraries of Institutions of Tertiary Education, there are 3,658 college or university central libraries in the United States with combined collections of 878,906,177 volumes of books.

The Russian Federation, with 328,345,356 volumes of books, and Germany, with 145,781,090 volumes, are the only other countries in the table with more than 100,000,000 volumes of books in their college and university libraries.

Judging from this, it would be reasonable to assume that the combined number of books in all of the United States would be among the highest in the world.

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# COUNTRY AMOUNT DATE GRAPH
1 Georgia 76.4 million 1999
2 Russia 73.63 million 1999
3 Germany 34.69 million 1998
4 United Kingdom 27.9 million 1999
5 Romania 19.04 million 1999
6 Italy 13.19 million 1998
7 France 12.51 million 1997
8 Hungary 7.55 million 1999
9 Japan 7.31 million 1999
10 Canada 7.27 million 2000
11 Belarus 6.88 million 1995
12 Armenia 6.85 million 1999
13 Slovakia 6.04 million 1999
14 Serbia and Montenegro 5.98 million 1998
15 Spain 5.82 million 1998
16 Lithuania 5.76 million 1999
17 Czech Republic 5.6 million 1999
18 Singapore 5.42 million 1999
19 Belgium 5 million 1997
20 Denmark 4.62 million 1999
21 Ukraine 4.12 million 1999
22 Kazakhstan 3.78 million 1999
23 Azerbaijan 3.69 million 1999
24 Venezuela 3.69 million 1995
25 Mongolia 3.27 million 1999
26 Switzerland 3.11 million 1999
=27 Cuba 3 million 1999
=27 Israel 3 million 1995
29 Republic of Macedonia 2.98 million 1998
30 Kyrgyzstan 2.96 million 1995
31 Poland 2.73 million 1999
32 Portugal 2.68 million 1999
33 Moldova 2.67 million 1999
34 Netherlands 2.66 million 1998
35 South Korea 2.58 million 1995
36 Bulgaria 2.52 million 1999
37 Croatia 2.51 million 1999
38 Australia 2.44 million 1995
39 Greece 2.41 million 1997
40 Estonia 2.28 million 1999
41 Finland 2.15 million 1999
42 Norway 1.84 million 1999
43 Turkey 1.55 million 1999
44 Slovenia 1.36 million 1999
45 Philippines 1.24 million 2000
46 Malaysia 1.11 million 1995
47 Egypt 1 million 1998
48 United Arab Emirates 1,000,000 1999
49 Albania 965,000 1995
50 Iceland 840,152 1999
51 Costa Rica 824,623 1999
52 Luxembourg 800,000 1999
53 Ireland 757,048 1997
54 Jordan 706,000 1995
55 Dominican Republic 702,000 1995
56 Mexico 538,596 1999
57 Colombia 429,238 1999
58 Iran 411,000 1995
59 Monaco 317,000 1999
60 Kuwait 270,000 1999
61 Qatar 228,000 1995
62 Barbados 174,000 1995
63 Liechtenstein 167,508 1997
64 Ecuador 150,000 1995
65 Bolivia 125,036 1999
66 Oman 114,886 1999
67 San Marino 107,000 1995
68 Chile 100,752 1999
69 Zimbabwe 100,590 1999
70 Bermuda 85,000 1999
71 Cyprus 65,516 1999
72 Mali 60,315 2000
73 Sierra Leone 20,000 1999
74 Togo 19,000 1995
75 Bangladesh 14,000 1995
76 Sao Tome and Principe 8,636 1999
77 Andorra 8,000 1999
78 Benin 7,000 1995
79 Burma 4,800 1996
80 The Gambia 2,000 2000
81 Rwanda 1,197 1999

Citation

"Countries Compared by Education > Library books. International Statistics at NationMaster.com", UNESCO Institute for Statistics. Aggregates compiled by NationMaster. Retrieved from http://www.nationmaster.com/country-info/stats/Education/Library-books

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Only 81 countries are on this list. The reason the United States and many other countries do not appear on this list could be that data was not collected, or not available.

According to the UNESCO Institute for Statistics table Selection of Indicators on Libraries of Institutions of Tertiary Education, there are 3,658 college or university central libraries in the United States with combined collections of 878,906,177 volumes of books.

The Russian Federation, with 328,345,356 volumes of books, and Germany, with 145,781,090 volumes, are the only other countries in the table with more than 100,000,000 volumes of books in their college and university libraries.

Judging from this, it would be reasonable to assume that the combined number of books in all of the United States would be among the highest in the world.

Posted on 06 Mar 2005

Ian Graham, Staff Editor

Ian Graham, Staff Editor

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