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Digest of Education Statistics: 2008
Digest of Education Statistics: 2008

NCES 2009-020
March 2009


Table 423. Selected statistics on public school libraries/media centers, by state: 2003–04
State Percent of centers offering selected services/equipment Average number
of staff per library1 
Books held at end of year per 100 students2  Books acquired during year per 100 students2  Total expenditure for materials per student2  Value of donated computers, A/V equipment, and other items per student2,3 
Automated catalog Automated
circulation system
Connection to
the Internet
Digital video disk (DVD)
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
United States 82.7 (0.66) 86.9 (0.61) 95.1 (0.35) 44.1 (0.84) 1.8 (0.01) 1,891 (45.1) 99 (2.1) $16.2 (0.32) $1.6 (0.08)
Alabama 87.6 (2.83) 95.9 (1.73) 100.0 (†) 44.0 (4.27) 1.7 (0.07) 1,713 (82.8) 99 (8.0) 15.2 (1.13) 2.6 (0.65)
Alaska 68.5 (4.60) 73.3 (5.55) 86.9 (4.69) 39.5 (5.90) 1.4 (0.08) 3,580 (230.9) 152 (24.2) 19.6 (2.30) 3.0 (1.03)
Arizona 81.5 (2.74) 90.5 (2.74) 93.3 (2.03) 38.8 (4.12) 1.8 (0.08) 2,298 (274.6) 121 (17.1) 15.3 (1.39) 0.9 (0.41)
Arkansas 86.7 (3.02) 93.0 (1.97) 97.0 (1.43) 44.0 (3.98) 1.7 (0.06) 1,931 (101.7) 89 (6.4) 18.1 (1.24) 2.3 (0.51)
California 81.6 (2.42) 87.9 (2.19) 88.7 (2.29) 31.4 (3.10) 1.4 (0.05) 1,488 (62.8) 108 (8.2) 16.5 (0.84) 1.1 (0.26)
                                     
Colorado 87.5 (3.96) 87.4 (3.44) 97.4 (1.77) 50.8 (5.03) 1.8 (0.09) 2,289 (423.3) 112 (13.4) 16.1 (1.30) 2.1 (0.64)
Connecticut 66.7 (5.42) 67.7 (5.41) 95.6 (2.46) 55.9 (5.08) 2.0 (0.10) 2,145 (105.2) 113 (17.5) 19.5 (2.16) 1.6 (0.43)
Delaware 97.3 (2.35) 97.8 (1.82) 97.3 (1.99) 29.9 (4.91) 1.6 (0.11) 1,702 (80.8) 75 (6.2) 12.9 (0.83) 1.9 (0.43)
District of Columbia 62.3 (7.68) 77.7 (5.90) 97.5 (2.20) 23.3 (6.71) 1.1 (0.04) 1,715 (307.5) 46 (8.8) 9.3 (2.17) 2.5 (0.74)
Florida 92.4 (2.27) 96.8 (1.72) 96.4 (2.01) 51.9 (4.84) 2.0 (0.08) 1,476 (79.3) 87 (8.6) 13.1 (0.97) 0.9 (0.18)
                                     
Georgia 96.4 (2.47) 97.7 (2.05) 98.6 (1.42) 50.8 (5.59) 2.2 (0.06) 1,653 (57.4) 76 (9.1) 14.2 (1.24) 1.4 (0.44)
Hawaii 94.6 (6.01) 95.5 (6.02) 98.1 (0.86) 42.9 (4.78) 1.5 (0.11) 2,029 (147.8) 71 (6.2) 11.5 (2.46) 1.2 (0.23)
Idaho 83.2 (3.01) 89.5 (2.75) 92.7 (2.20) 33.5 (3.84) 1.5 (0.06) 2,340 (102.7) 83 (9.9) 11.9 (1.16) 0.7 (0.18)
Illinois 66.4 (5.04) 70.8 (4.32) 89.2 (3.46) 38.0 (5.47) 2.1 (0.17) 1,703 (82.2) 118 (16.2) 13.7 (1.27) 1.8 (0.44)
Indiana 91.1 (2.83) 93.3 (2.52) 94.6 (2.97) 50.4 (5.76) 1.7 (0.07) 1,977 (95.4) 84 (9.1) 14.9 (0.97) 0.9 (0.30)
                                     
Iowa 74.9 (3.43) 78.0 (3.65) 90.6 (3.18) 51.9 (5.11) 2.0 (0.06) 2,605 (121.1) 100 (6.4) 13.9 (0.78) 1.6 (0.52)
Kansas 84.9 (3.50) 86.8 (3.70) 97.2 (1.48) 46.5 (4.24) 1.9 (0.07) 3,059 (142.5) 140 (12.0) 22.2 (2.14) 1.5 (0.35)
Kentucky 89.6 (2.82) 94.1 (2.40) 98.8 (1.02) 56.0 (4.88) 1.7 (0.07) 1,709 (77.6) 91 (8.8) 13.3 (0.65) 0.8 (0.25)
Louisiana 71.1 (4.00) 80.1 (3.26) 96.8 (1.64) 44.5 (4.61) 1.3 (0.05) 1,944 (131.2) 54 (4.6) 15.2 (3.54) 1.9 (0.42)
Maine 62.9 (4.83) 62.7 (4.41) 90.4 (3.73) 30.6 (4.03) 1.6 (0.10) 2,796 (260.5) 102 (8.7) 24.1 (2.68) 2.5 (0.98)
                                     
Maryland 82.8 (4.14) 91.0 (3.19) 98.7 (1.50) 46.9 (4.61) 1.6 (0.06) 1,507 (62.8) 125 (24.9) 17.3 (1.74) 1.3 (0.30)
Massachusetts 71.0 (6.43) 70.4 (6.35) 88.0 (5.02) 45.7 (5.69) 1.7 (0.12) 1,841 (126.0) 85 (14.8) 12.5 (1.33) 1.6 (0.44)
Michigan 83.8 (4.23) 82.8 (4.39) 100.0 (†) 48.8 (5.31) 1.8 (0.08) 3,010 (1,266.5) 88 (13.7) 12.8 (1.57) 1.1 (0.47)
Minnesota 92.0 (2.86) 94.6 (2.38) 97.2 (1.41) 59.7 (4.28) 2.1 (0.07) 2,509 (143.1) 111 (9.7) 15.2 (1.08) 2.1 (0.47)
Mississippi 73.2 (4.38) 86.5 (3.43) 95.5 (1.64) 35.6 (4.52) 1.6 (0.06) 1,476 (56.6) 102 (11.2) 14.9 (1.53) 1.4 (0.31)
                                     
Missouri 85.8 (3.59) 88.0 (3.33) 96.0 (1.67) 45.0 (4.73) 1.7 (0.06) 2,047 (62.0) 120 (9.0) 22.1 (1.01) 3.3 (0.96)
Montana 62.9 (3.53) 69.2 (3.32) 86.6 (3.56) 37.2 (3.37) 1.5 (0.08) 3,372 (214.8) 147 (17.7) 22.6 (1.40) 3.5 (0.75)
Nebraska 71.8 (4.35) 73.7 (4.27) 82.6 (3.89) 42.4 (5.55) 1.9 (0.09) 3,160 (228.1) 129 (10.4) 21.3 (1.38) 3.5 (0.71)
Nevada 92.2 (4.13) 88.6 (5.05) 93.9 (3.10) 44.2 (4.72) 1.5 (0.06) 1,616 (80.0) 114 (14.3) 13.5 (1.65) 1.4 (0.40)
New Hampshire 65.5 (4.11) 70.6 (4.04) 93.9 (3.02) 45.6 (5.04) 1.8 (0.07) 1,817 (78.5) 96 (11.2) 19.7 (1.28) 1.9 (0.68)
                                     
New Jersey 70.0 (6.08) 71.4 (6.08) 97.7 (2.04) 43.1 (6.13) 1.8 (0.08) 2,110 (142.1) 85 (13.6) 21.0 (2.72) 1.1 (0.30)
New Mexico 77.8 (3.58) 85.7 (3.12) 94.0 (1.81) 25.1 (2.74) 1.4 (0.06) 2,153 (105.1) 131 (10.7) 20.7 (1.66) 1.9 (0.43)
New York 76.0 (4.05) 83.9 (3.74) 94.9 (2.59) 47.7 (4.37) 2.2 (0.07) 1,626 (88.6) 95 (7.5) 19.8 (1.93) 2.2 (0.51)
North Carolina 93.3 (2.76) 97.0 (1.95) 96.3 (2.20) 53.0 (5.12) 1.9 (0.08) 1,622 (46.3) 110 (11.9) 18.3 (1.57) 1.1 (0.26)
North Dakota 51.8 (3.25) 53.4 (3.25) 90.1 (2.54) 30.1 (3.17) 1.6 (0.06) 3,710 (168.3) 146 (13.0) 26.1 (1.75) 1.3 (0.42)
                                     
Ohio 82.2 (3.47) 82.7 (3.40) 95.9 (2.10) 49.6 (4.89) 1.5 (0.08) 1,669 (78.4) 75 (9.4) 10.9 (0.78) 1.9 (0.46)
Oklahoma 75.5 (2.73) 89.8 (1.87) 95.6 (1.25) 35.0 (2.46) 1.8 (0.04) 2,159 (114.6) 99 (6.2) 15.5 (1.08) 2.5 (0.37)
Oregon 81.1 (4.49) 82.0 (4.69) 100.0 (†) 33.0 (4.61) 1.6 (0.08) 2,631 (221.4) 85 (10.5) 10.7 (0.96) 2.9 (1.11)
Pennsylvania 81.7 (3.59) 87.1 (4.16) 94.8 (3.09) 37.4 (3.87) 1.8 (0.08) 1,961 (83.9) 88 (10.0) 15.1 (0.91) 0.6 (0.16)
Rhode Island 72.3 (4.54) 83.5 (3.79) 98.9 (1.13) 26.4 (5.06) 1.8 (0.08) 1,538 (95.6) 84 (14.5) 16.9 (2.56) 1.5 (0.70)
                                     
South Carolina 98.2 (1.69) 99.9 (0.10) 100.0 (†) 46.6 (4.13) 2.1 (0.05) 1,674 (56.6) 94 (11.8) 15.7 (1.16) 2.0 (0.41)
South Dakota 53.6 (4.24) 53.6 (3.92) 89.5 (3.34) 42.6 (4.36) 1.5 (0.08) 3,105 (204.0) 173 (27.6) 22.3 (1.40) 2.1 (0.55)
Tennessee 81.2 (3.63) 89.3 (2.94) 98.6 (0.96) 47.1 (4.72) 1.6 (0.06) 1,652 (56.4) 94 (10.7) 13.0 (1.25) 1.8 (0.33)
Texas 93.7 (1.77) 98.3 (0.71) 99.0 (0.48) 42.4 (4.30) 1.7 (0.06) 1,779 (63.3) 106 (8.6) 18.8 (2.04) 1.6 (0.33)
Utah 87.2 (3.22) 94.8 (2.31) 86.2 (3.96) 51.0 (3.97) 1.4 (0.05) 1,651 (95.2) 84 (7.8) 9.8 (0.56) 1.4 (0.30)
                                     
Vermont 74.6 (5.33) 73.5 (5.29) 96.8 (2.06) 38.0 (4.20) 1.7 (0.10) 2,939 (127.9) 138 (10.3) 29.8 (1.27) 1.5 (0.69)
Virginia 95.2 (2.13) 99.5 (0.42) 95.5 (2.14) 52.6 (4.21) 1.9 (0.06) 1,717 (61.9) 88 (6.5) 16.2 (0.70) 1.3 (0.24)
Washington 92.9 (1.78) 96.0 (1.72) 98.9 (1.20) 46.5 (4.30) 2.0 (0.05) 2,060 (93.3) 92 (7.3) 15.7 (2.49) 1.8 (0.47)
West Virginia 42.7 (5.50) 54.6 (5.54) 86.8 (4.34) 33.4 (5.28) 0.9 (0.06) 1,594 (99.8) 74 (10.1) 8.9 (0.65) 1.6 (0.58)
Wisconsin 92.7 (3.07) 91.4 (3.67) 100.0 (†) 55.4 (4.43) 2.1 (0.06) 2,545 (141.8) 121 (8.5) 25.0 (1.26) 1.5 (0.59)
Wyoming 91.2 (3.40) 94.3 (2.92) 96.3 (2.72) 49.7 (5.02) 1.8 (0.07) 3,125 (142.3) 156 (22.4) 21.8 (1.59) 3.1 (0.87)
† Not applicable.
1 Includes professional and nonprofessional staff.
2 Data are for the prior school year.
3 Includes grants and other contributions.
NOTE: Percentages are based on schools that have library/media centers. Standard errors appear in parentheses.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, Schools and Staffing Survey (SASS), "Public School Library Media Center Questionnaire," 2003–04. (This table was prepared September 2006.)