Over the past ten years in Croatia the number of public libraries has risen whilst the number of books actually lent in the country has fallen.
Reading seems to be going out of fashion in Croatia, in 2007 there were 1.396,148 people registered as members of libraries, whilst in 2016 this number had fallen to 1.309,484. But by far the most alarming information from the Croatian Statistical Centre is the number of books actually borrowed. In 2007 an impressive 20.2 million books were lent out by Croatian public libraries.
However, in 2016 this number had almost halved to 11.4 million. Are all Croatians reading on electronic devices such as Kindles? And even thought the number of lent books halved the number of public libraries increased, from 1,685 in 2007 to 1,768 in 2016.