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. There were altogether 736 main public libraries, branch libraries and institutional libraries across the country in 2018. This was over 21 per cent fewer than in 2000. Mobile libraries numbered 135, or 33 per cent fewer than in 2000.
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 2018, the collections of public libraries comprised more than 30 million books and 4.1 million items of other material. During the past few years, especially the number of books has decreased.