At your service ! the Hamburg network libraries

The Hamburg network of 53 libraries - the most important network in Germany - is ending its computerization. All the operations, either purchasing, cataloguing or the stock control are made more rational, with strict analysis criterions concerning the way each site is runned. The turnover of the documents is a decisive standard for the allotting of the purchase funds, the staff endowment and the manager's fee. The activity in these libraries is mainly directed to a very liberal document lending : 265 loans per ticket.