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For Information: Statistics


NHS Library/Knowledge Services Statistics

1. Introduction

NHS library/knowledge services regularly collect data on the activities that they undertake. These were collated nationally by:

  • the NHS Regional Librarians Group (RLG) until March 2002,

  • the NHS Library and Knowledge Development Network (LKDN) from April 2002 until March 2006

  • the National Library for Health (NLH) from April 2007 until March 2009

  • the Strategic Health Authority Library Leads (SHALL) from April 2009 until March 2013

  • the HEE LKS Leads from April 2013.

For some financial years the Library and Information Statistics Unit (LISU) at Loughborough University were commissioned to analyse the data on a national and region-wide basis.

2. National NHS Libraries Activity Data

Some published versions of NHS library activity are available:  

  • NHS Regional Librarians Group Census of staff providing library services to NHS personnel April 1978, 1979

  • NHS Regional Librarians Group Census of staff providing library services to NHS personnel December 1985, 1987. 

  • NHS Regional Librarians Group statistics for the financial years (i.e. 1 April to 31 March) for 1991 to 2001.

Copies may be available from your LKS Lead.

Electronic versions of the data analysed by LISU are available for:

1999-2000 [download a pdf copy],

2000-2001 [download a pdf copy] and

2004-2005 [download a pdf copy]

Further information about the annual collection of NHS library statistics is available in the Members area for which you will need a registered user name and password.