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Table 8. Percentage of library media centers that were available for independent student use during specific times, and percentage distribution of library media centers with various types of scheduling for classes and other activities, by selected school characteristics: 2011–12


  Percent of library media centers that were available for independent student use   Percentage distribution of library media centers, by type of scheduling for classes and other activities
Selected school characteristic Before school   After school   During regular school hours   Only flexible scheduling1   Only regular scheduling   Both flexible and regular scheduling
All public schools with
library media centers
57.1   54.0   89.0   19.4   19.2   61.5  
                         
School classification                         
Traditional public  57.3 54.1 89.1 19.2 19.3 61.5  
Charter school  46.6 51.4 87.5 25.7 13.9 60.4  
                         
Community type                         
City  53.5 57.0 87.4 17.7 20.4 61.9  
Suburban  54.6 48.4 86.4 20.4 23.4 56.2  
Town  59.2 58.5 90.1 18.5 18.0 63.5  
Rural  60.8 54.6 92.0 20.1 15.3 64.6  
                         
School level                         
Primary 42.8   39.0   84.0   5.0   30.2   64.8  
Middle 75.0   69.3   96.6   29.8   3.3   66.9  
High 84.6   82.9   97.0   53.6   2.6   43.8  
Combined  59.4   66.0   92.8   22.7   8.0   69.3  
                         
Student enrollment                         
Less than 100  51.8 52.9 87.8 23.4 14.8 61.7  
100-199  48.0 49.5 87.3 17.1 13.1 69.8  
200-499  47.3 45.7 86.9 11.0 23.0 65.9  
500-749  57.1 51.6 87.5 15.9 22.4 61.7  
750-999  72.9 66.3 93.2 27.0 16.2 56.8  
1,000 or more  86.5 82.9 98.4 52.1 4.6 43.3  
                         
Percent of K-12 students who
were approved for free or
reduced-price lunches
                       
0-34  61.3 56.5 90.7 22.6 16.7 60.7  
35-49  59.6 57.0 90.8 20.3 17.1 62.6  
50-74  58.6 52.2 90.1 16.8 18.8 64.4  
75 or more  48.7 51.0 84.5 16.0 24.6 59.4  
School did not participate
in free or reduced-price
lunch program
42.4   46.3   85.0   34.6   18.4   46.9  
1 Flexible scheduling indicates that the library media center is available as needed.
NOTE: The 2011–12 Schools and Staffing Survey did not collect school library media center data from private schools. Detail may not sum to totals because of rounding.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, Schools and Staffing Survey (SASS), "Public School Library Media Center Data File," 2011–12.