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

Response:

In 2015–16, about 82,300 public schools, or 91 percent of all public schools, had a library or media center. Some 95 percent of elementary schools and 82 percent of secondary schools had a library or media center.

On average, there were 0.7 full-time certified librarians or library media specialists, 0.3 full-time library media center instructional aides, and 0.1 full-time library media center noninstructional aides per library or media center among public schools that had a library or media center.

SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics. (2019). Digest of Education Statistics, 2017 (NCES 2018-070), table 701.15.

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 2016, there were 9,057 public libraries in the United States with a total of 732 million books and serial volumes. The annual number of visits per capita—that is, per resident of the areas served by the libraries—was 4.4, the annual number of reference transactions per capita was 0.8, and the annual number of uses of public-access internet computers per capita was 0.9.

SOURCE: U.S Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics. (2019). Digest of Education Statistics, 2017 (NCES 2018-070), Chapter 7.

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