According to the 2020 report on the ‘eBiblio’ platform, only La Rioja and the Community of Madrid surpass the Community
Region of Murcia ranks as the third community in library loans per inhabitant, according to the report on the platform ‘eBiblio’ made public by the Ministry of Culture and Sports. The report uses the indicator of loans per thousand inhabitants, which for the national total has experienced a marked increase, from 38.09 in 2019 to 82.84 in 2020. Above this index are seven communities: the Region of Murcia, Cantabria, Castilla y León, Catalonia, Community of Madrid, La Rioja and Extremadura.
The Region of Murcia, with 127.7, occupies the
third place among the autonomous communities with the highest number of loans per thousand inhabitants. In our community it has gone from 5,260 loans in 2016 to 192,661 last year. The Region was the fifth community in number of loans in absolute terms in 2020, according to sources from the Murcian government in a statement.
Likewise, the Region of Murcia has 8,310 active eBiblio users, such as the
eighth community in number of users. The number of users in our community has grown exponentially in recent years, since in 2016 it stood at 795.
The Region of Murcia is also among the
communities with more titles and licenses available on the platform. Last year the catalog of our community had 7,061 different titles and 34,700 licenses, which also places the Region at the national head in the increase of available titles, going from 1,887 in 2016 to the aforementioned 7,061, which means that titles have more than tripled in this period. Along the same lines, the Region is also among the communities that have increased the number of licenses the most, from 7,724 in 2016 to 34,700 in 2020.
These data, said the general director of Cultural Heritage, Rosa Campillo, «show that the Region of Murcia is a reading community, with a keen interest in literature and all associated cultural manifestations. From the regional government we will continue working to promote reading and culture in general. ”
‘EBiblio’ is the service of
free online loan of digital content. Users of this service, promoted by the Ministry of Culture in collaboration with the autonomous communities, can access both books and audiobooks, newspapers or magazines from Spanish public libraries.
To this must be added its use as
access point for loan and consultation of other digital typologies such as databases or films. The service is accessible 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year through the Internet and offers the reading and use of its contents in streaming and / or downloading. It is also available for mobile devices through a free reading app available for iOS and Android.