The Finnish library network has been scaled down in recent years, but it is still quite extensive by international comparison. The decrease in the number of libraries has slowed down. In 2020, there were altogether 731 main public libraries, branch libraries and institutional libraries across the country. This was 22 per cent fewer than in 2000. Mobile libraries numbered 137.
Apart from the density of the service network, the quality of library services is also influenced by the volume and contents of library collections. Today, libraries also offer a variety of services via the web. In 2020, the collections of public libraries comprised about 29 million books and about four million items of other material. During the past few years, especially the number of books has decreased.