NAPLE Working Group on European Library Figures was created in 2013, aiming to collect and share statistics about public libraries in Europe through NAPLE members.
The group is formed by NAPLE representatives from Croatia, Portugal, Finland and Czech Republic and is coordinated by Maarten Vandekerckhove, NAPLE representative from Flanders.
Firstly, they defined a set of figures, around 40 items describing some general information, figures about collection, ICT, library staff, finances, users, loans, community services and events. Then, they linked every item to international standards concerning library statistics: the ISO.
17 NAPLE members have sent their figures to the Working Group, helping to build a document that hopefully will help to show the impact public libraries have on European society. It’s an open document, so will be updated in the future with figures from other European countries.