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What information do you have on public school libraries?

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In 2017–18, some 90 percent of all public schools had a library media center. Some 95 percent of public primary schools and 80 percent of public high schools had a library media center.

Percentage of schools with a library media center, by selected school characteristics: 2017–18
[Standard errors appear in parentheses]
Selected school characteristic Percent
All schools 87.0 (0.41)
Public schools
All public schools 90.1 (0.40)
School classification
Traditional public 92.5 (0.39)
Charter school 62.2 (1.64)
Community type
City 85.7 (0.86)
Surburban 92.2 (0.55)
Town 90.1 (1.07)
Rural 92.1 (0.70)
School level
Primary 95.2 (0.39)
Middle 94.8 (0.68)
High 79.6 (1.13)
Combined 75.1 (1.71)
Student enrollment
Less than 100 55.8 (2.85)
100–199 75.6 (2.12)
200–499 91.9 (0.55)
500–749 95.1 (0.49)
750–999 96.8 (0.55)
1,000 or more 97.7 (0.38)
Percent of K–12 students who were approved for free or reduced-price lunches
0–34 89.3 (0.70)
35–49 93.7 (0.83)
50–74 92.8 (0.64)
75 or more 87.2 (0.87)

NOTE: A library media center is an organized collection of printed and/or audiovisual and/or computer resources which is administered as a unit, is located in a designated place or places, and makes resources and services available to students, teachers, and administrators. A library media center may be called a school library, media center, information center, instructional materials center, learning resource center, or any other similar name.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics (2019). Characteristics of Public and Private Elementary and Secondary Schools in the United States: Results From the 2017–18 National Teacher and Principal Survey First Look, Table 3.

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