113,000 books loaned from 5 public libraries in 2019


A total of 113,337 books were borrowed from five public libraries in 2019.

The information was tabled in Parliament by Local Government Minister Josè Herrera in a reply to five questions put forward by Opposition MP Carm Mifsud Bonnici.

Mifsud Bonnici asked about how many books were bought and donated to public libraries in Fgura, Gudja, Marsascala, Żejtun and Santa Luċija. He also asked about how many books were borrowed by the public from the said libraries.

Only 804 new books were bought in 2019 among the five public libraries, with the highest amount of books were bought by the Marsascala public library. The locality’s public library also received the highest amount of books in donation. Marsascala had the highest lending figures among the five localities at 29,326.

LocalityBooks boughtDonated booksLoaned Books
Santa Luċija15219217,627

Gudja public library bought the lowest amount of books in 2019, with just 111 books. It received 349 books as a donation.

The lowest amount of books borrowed throughout 2019 was registered at Fgura public library (13,367 books).