Reasons for not borrowing books from libraries in France 2019

This statistic illustrates the reasons why people in France do not borrow books often or at all from public libraries, as of 2019. The main reason stated by over 70 percent of respondents was that they preferred to own the books that they read.

Why don't you borrow books from libraries?

Share of respondents
I prefer to own the books that I read72%
The books that I look for are not always in stock37%
The loan period of books is too constraining31%
There is no library near your home30%
The way the books are displayed is not pleasant to look at14%
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Release date

March 2019



Survey time period

January 11-22, 2019

Number of respondents

654 respondents

Age group

15 years and older

Special properties

respondents who never or seldom borrow books from libraries

Method of interview

Computer-assisted telephone interviews (CATI)

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