Number of libraries decreasing in Latvia, number of active library users rising

  • 2019-12-27
  • LETA/TBT Staff

RIGA - Even though the number of libraries in Latvia has decreased, the number of active library users has increased, according to data provided by the Central Statistical Bureau for the Statistical Yearbook of Latvia 2019.

Last year, the number of active library users increased by almost 16,000 users as compared to 2017, almost exceeding the figures of 2016. Namely, 808,440 active users visited libraries in 2016, up from 795,718 users in 2017.

There were 1,597 libraries in Latvia in 2018, which is 52 libraries less than in 2017 when there were 1,649 libraries in Latvia. In 2016, there were 1,671 libraries in Latvia.