- No national library statistics existed in Italy.
In Italy there is no national law governing public library services and no national authority for them. The Official Publications Working Group of the Italian Library Association, in collaboration with the Central Institute for the Union Catalogue of Italian Libraries and the Italian National Statistics Institute (ISTAT), carried out a survey, financed by the University of Perugia, to collect information about the presence of official publications in Italian public libraries. A high percentage of answers was collected. The few questions, useful for the identification of the main peculiarities of the answering libraries, were able to supply for the first time some national data about Italian public libraries.
- Elena Boretti, (2005) “AIB-ISTAT statistics: the first time for Italian public libraries”, Performance Measurement and Metrics, Vol. 6 Iss: 1, pp.32 – 38. Abstract