I came across this article this morning about The best cities in the world for book lovers. It was my old university town of Edinburgh in the first sentence that caught my eye, “The streets of Edinburgh and Hong Kong are overflowing with books“.
Every year the World Cities Culture Forum asks cities to self-report on cultural institutions and consumption, including where people can get books.
Hong Kong leads the way in the number of book shops per 100,000 people. Sydney is ranked 7th and just below New York which the article’s author says is “OK” – Sydney has 9.4 book shops per 100,000 people.
Edinburgh isn’t on the list of book shops per capita but comes top of the list in terms of libraries per capita. Edinburgh has 60.5 libraries per 100,000 people. I wonder if that includes academic and special libraries as The City of Edinburgh Council Library only lists 20 locations.
Sydney slips down the list to 14th place just above New York this time, with 3.3 libraries per 100,000 people.
So I’d say The Blue Mountains Library, with 6 branches for a population of around 75,000 people isn’t doing too badly? What do you think? Too cheeky?