SCONUL statistics statement of purpose

Purpose of the statistics

The SCONUL Annual Statistical Return is produced as a service to members from data provided by members for their mutual benefit.

  1. The statistics enable institutions to benchmark their own performance year on year and their performance against their peers. The guidance on the statistical collection aims to ensure consistency in order to provide a robust data set that can be used in benchmarking.
  2. The aim of the statistics is to provide an annual insight into the collections, services and activities of the SCONUL member libraries, thereby supporting library directors and other senior staff in their strategic planning, decision making and internal advocacy.
  3. The statistics enable the sector to identify trends and developments in the provision of library services nationally.

Statement of use

The statistics are copyright of SCONUL, which grants permission to its members to use the statistics within their institution.

SCONUL holds the copyright in the text accompanying these statistics. The statistics themselves constitute a database for the purposes of the Copyright and Rights in Databases Regulations 1997 (Statutory Instrument 1997:3032), and SCONUL holds both the copyright in the database as an original work, and the database right in the statistics. Users should note that they will infringe SCONUL’s database right if, without SCONUL’s permission, they extract or re-use all or a substantial part of the contents of this publication. Repeated and systematic extraction or re-use of insubstantial parts may infringe the database right too.

SCONUL hereby waives its rights for any use of this publication by, and for the private purposes of, any institution that has contributed statistics included within it. SCONUL waives its rights for any use of these statistics for non-commercial research purposes, except: re-publication, in any form, and the publication, in any form, of derived statistics. ‘Non-commercial research’ for this purpose means research conducted or commissioned by an entity whose activities are not conducted for profit. A commercial entity may take advantage of this waiver provided that the specific research it is conducting has been commissioned by an entity whose activities are not conducted for profit, and provided that the waiver strictly applies only for the purposes of and for the duration of the research thus commissioned.

SCONUL licenses key strategic partners to include the statistical return in data services, on a case by case basis.

For uses not specified in the waivers noted immediately above, permission should be sought from the Executive Director of SCONUL, 94 Euston Street, London NW1 2HA, England or via email at