Skip Navigation


What information do you have on public school libraries, college and university libraries, and public libraries?


Among public schools that had a library in 2011–12, the average number of library staff per school was 1.8, including 0.9 certified library/media specialists. On average, public school libraries had larger numbers of books on a per student basis in 2011–12 (2,188 per 100 students) than in 1999–2000 (1,803 per 100 students), 2003–04 (1,891 per 100 students), and 2007–08 (2,015 per 100 students). In 2011–12, public elementary school libraries had larger holdings than public secondary school libraries on a per student basis (2,570 books per 100 students, compared with 1,474 books per 100 students).

In 2014–15, there were libraries at 92 percent of degree-granting postsecondary institutions overall, 98 percent of public institutions, 99 percent of private nonprofit institutions, and 77 percent of private for-profit institutions.

In 2014, there were 9,070 public libraries in the United States with a total of 765 million books and serial volumes. The annual number of visits per capita—that is, per resident of the areas served by the libraries—was 4.6, the annual number of reference transactions per capita was 0.9, and the annual number of uses of public-access internet computers per capita was 1.1.

SOURCE: U.S Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics. (2018). Digest of Education Statistics, 2016 (NCES 2017-094), Chapter 7.

Related Tables and Figures:  (Listed by Release Date)

Other Resources:  (Listed by Release Date)