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In 2018–19, there were libraries at 93 percent of degree-granting postsecondary institutions overall, including 96 percent of public institutions, 95 percent of private nonprofit institutions, and 79 percent of private for-profit institutions.
|Collections and operating expenditures of degree-granting postsecondary institution libraries: 2018–19|
|School level, enrollment size, and locale||Total||Public||Private nonprofit||Private for-profit|
|Number of libraries||3,697||1,560||1,584||553|
|Percentage of institutions with libraries||92.8||96.0||95.4||79.3|
|Number of circulation transactions (in thousands)||701,282||439,772||203,166||58,343|
|Number of circulation transactions per full-time-equivalent (FTE) student||47||42||58||77|
|Collections (in thousands)|
|Total number of physical and electronic materials (books, media, and databases)||2,567,494||1,383,882||956,253||227,360|
|Number of books||1,795,747||955,123||727,793||112,831|
|Number of media (includes audiovisual materials)||770,230||428,087||227,923||114,220|
|Number of databases (electronic only)||1,517||672||537||309|
|Library operating expenditures1|
|Total operating expenditures (in thousands of current dollars)||$8,387,543||$4,932,204||$3,379,783||$75,556|
|Operating expenditures per full-time-equivalent (FTE) student|
|In current dollars||568||470||958||100|
|Information resource expenditures per FTE student|
|In current dollars||216||172||386||44|
1 Excludes capital outlay. Expenditure data are reported only by degree-granting institutions with total expenditures over $100,000.
NOTE: Data in this table represent the 50 states and the District of Columbia. Degree-granting institutions grant associate's or higher degrees and participate in Title IV federal financial aid programs. Some data have been revised from previously published figures. Detail may not sum to totals because of rounding.
SOURCE: National Center for Education Statistics. (2021, June). Table 701.40. Collections, staff, and operating expenditures of degree-granting postsecondary institution libraries: Selected years, 2001–02 through 2018–19 [Data table]. In Digest of education statistics. U.S. Department of Education, Institute of Education Sciences. Retrieved January 25, 2022, from https://nces.ed.gov/programs/digest/d20/tables/dt20_701.40.asp.
In 2019, there were 9,057 public libraries in the United States with a total of 687 million books and serial volumes. The annual number of visits per capita—that is, per resident of the areas served by the libraries—was 3.9, the annual number of reference transactions per capita was 0.7, and the annual number of uses of public-access internet computers per capita was 0.7.
SOURCE: National Center for Education Statistics. (2021, September). Table 701.60. Number of public libraries, number of books and serial volumes, and per capita usage of selected library services per year, by state: Fiscal years 2018 and 2019 [Data table]. In Digest of education statistics. U.S. Department of Education, Institute of Education Sciences. Retrieved March 25, 2022, from https://nces.ed.gov/programs/digest/d21/tables/dt21_701.60.asp.
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