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Academic Libraries: 2008
NCES 2010-348
December 2009


Table 2. Number of academic libraries, by public service hours per typical week, control, level, size, and Carnegie classification of institution: Fall 2008

Institutional characteristic Total number of libraries Public service hours per typical week
  Less
than 20
20 - 39 40 - 59 60 - 79 80 - 99 100 - 119 120 - 167 1681
All U.S. academic libraries 3,827   20 62 683 1,577 953 410 89 33
                     
Control                     
Public  1,576   1 4 255 754 357 144 48 13
Private  2,251   19 58 428 823 596 266 41 20
                     
Level2                     
Total 4-year and above  2,393   5 27 217 747 880 403 82 32
Doctor's  721   0 5 36 125 265 207 68 15
Master's  911   3 6 66 249 446 123 7 11
Bachelor's  730   2 16 110 369 159 62 6 6
Less than 4-year  1,434   15 35 466 830 73 7 7 1
                     
Size (FTE enrollment)3                     
Less than 1,000  1,455   20 53 467 681 180 42 5 7
1,000 to 2,999  1,136   0 8 158 446 376 127 15 6
3,000 to 4,999  475   0 0 30 221 161 57 4 2
5,000 to 9,999  405   0 0 22 148 153 66 13 3
10,000 to 19,999  238   0 1 5 71 60 73 22 6
20,000 or more  118   0 0 1 10 23 45 30 9
                     
Carnegie classification2                     
Doctoral/Research  275   0 1 3 8 80 115 56 12
Master's I and II  603   0 1 7 88 371 119 9 8
Baccalaureate  557   0 3 16 145 269 111 7 6
Baccalaureate/Associates  96   0 1 22 52 17 1 3 0
Associates  1,474   12 28 433 901 83 9 6 2
Specialized  645   2 20 122 316 120 54 6 5
Not classified  177   6 8 80 67 13 1 2 0
1 These libraries are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
2 While "level" and "Carnegie classification" are similar, there is not complete overlap in the two classifications. "Level" refers to the highest level of any degree offered by the institution. The "Carnegie classification" is based on criteria such as institutional mission and research funding in addition to highest level of degree awarded. The Carnegie classification was developed by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and published in A Classification of Institutions of Higher Education, 2005 Edition.
3 Full-time equivalent (FTE) enrollment is calculated by adding one-third of part-time enrollment to full-time enrollment.
NOTE: The number of doctoral, master's, and bachelor's level institutions does not sum to the total number of 4-year and above institutions because there are 4-year and above institutions that grant "other" degrees and are thus not included in the breakdown.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, Academic Libraries Survey (ALS), 2008.


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