In 2020, the bodily books lent by the library decreased by 29% in contrast with the earlier yr. In the course of the coronavirus pandemic, on-line provide has elevated, and the variety of loaned e-books and audiobooks has elevated. This may be clearly seen from the analysis carried out by the Netherlands Statistics Workplace and the Nationwide Library KB.
As a result of pressured closure, the variety of bodily books borrowed elevated Sturdy off. The variety of books on mortgage decreased from 61.1 million in 2019 to 43.4 million final yr (-29%).
In 2020, the variety of members decreased by 156,000 to lower than 3.5 million, a drop of greater than 4%.
The variety of e-books on mortgage in 2020 has skyrocketed, partly due to the broader on-line attain. The variety of loaned e-books elevated from practically 3.9 million in 2019 to five.6 million final yr (+45%). As in earlier years, the variety of downloads of audiobooks can also be rising. This quantity elevated from 1.8 million in 2019 to just about 2.6 million a yr later, a rise of 44%.
A part of the rationale for the rise within the variety of e-book loans in 2020 is the broader on-line attain of non permanent functions reminiscent of ThuisBieb. With this, 100 free e-books are quickly supplied to members and non-members. In the course of the first lock-up interval, ThuisBieb obtained 858,000 extra loans.