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Table 426. Public libraries, books and serial volumes, library visits, circulation, and reference transactions, by state: Fiscal year 2005
State Number of public libraries Number of books and serial volumes (in thousands) Number of books and serial volumes per capita Library visits per capita1  Circulation per capita Public library reference transactions per capita2 
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
United States 9,198 3  815,605 2.8 4.7 7.2 1.1
Alabama 207   9,424 2.1 3.2 4.1 0.8
Alaska 89   2,332 3.5 5.2 6.1 0.6
Arizona 86   10,170 1.8 4.0 7.3 0.9
Arkansas 48   5,965 2.3 3.2 4.4 0.7
California 179   79,438 2.2 4.1 5.4 0.9
               
Colorado 115   11,647 2.6 6.2 11.0 1.3
Connecticut 194   15,005 4.3 6.4 9.0 1.3
Delaware 21   1,696 2.2 5.0 6.9 0.7
District of Columbia 1   2,264 4.1 3.4 2.1 2.1
Florida 78   33,365 1.9 4.1 5.5 1.4
               
Georgia 58   14,978 1.7 3.7 4.8 1.0
Hawaii 1   3,179 2.5 4.4 5.1 0.7
Idaho 104   3,924 3.2 6.0 8.3 0.6
Illinois 623   41,849 3.7 5.8 8.6 1.5
Indiana 239   24,461 4.3 6.9 12.2 1.0
               
Iowa 540   12,117 4.1 5.8 9.4 0.6
Kansas 325   10,991 4.8 6.4 10.9 1.2
Kentucky 116   8,483 2.1 4.0 6.0 0.7
Louisiana 67   11,096 2.5 3.1 3.9 0.9
Maine 272   6,365 5.4 5.7 7.5 0.8
               
Maryland 24   14,521 2.6 5.0 9.4 1.3
Massachusetts 370   31,910 5.0 5.9 7.8 0.8
Michigan 383   33,419 3.4 4.8 6.6 0.9
Minnesota 140   16,152 3.1 5.2 9.9 0.9
Mississippi 50   5,621 1.9 2.9 3.2 0.6
               
Missouri 149   18,576 3.6 5.0 8.9 1.1
Montana 79   2,760 3.1 4.1 6.2 0.5
Nebraska 270   6,594 4.7 6.5 10.1 0.8
Nevada 22   4,105 1.6 4.1 6.2 0.7
New Hampshire 230   6,052 4.6 4.9 7.7 0.7
               
New Jersey 306   31,362 3.8 5.4 6.4 0.9
New Mexico 87   4,339 3.0 4.6 6.5 0.9
New York 754   73,757 3.9 5.7 7.5 1.4
North Carolina 75   16,304 1.9 4.0 5.5 1.2
North Dakota 83   2,341 4.2 4.8 7.4 0.7
               
Ohio 251   47,878 4.2 7.2 15.0 1.6
Oklahoma 113   6,933 2.4 4.6 6.9 0.8
Oregon 125   9,240 2.8 6.2 14.9 0.9
Pennsylvania 458   29,520 2.5 3.6 5.3 0.7
Rhode Island 49   4,357 4.0 5.9 6.8 0.9
               
South Carolina 42   8,901 2.1 3.6 5.0 1.1
South Dakota 124   3,206 5.3 6.2 9.1 0.9
Tennessee 186   10,955 1.9 3.2 4.1 0.8
Texas 553   44,865 2.1 3.3 4.8 1.1
Utah 71   6,334 2.7 6.9 12.9 1.7
               
Vermont 184   2,808 4.7 5.7 7.3 0.9
Virginia 91   19,244 2.6 4.6 8.5 1.0
Washington 65   17,769 2.9 7.0 11.1 1.1
West Virginia 97   4,938 2.7 3.3 4.3 0.6
Wisconsin 381   19,696 3.5 6.0 10.3 0.9
Wyoming 23   2,399 4.8 6.2 9.1 1.1
1 The total number of persons entering the library for any purpose during the year.
2 A reference transaction is an information contact that involves the knowledge, use, recommen­dations, interpretation, or instructions in the use of one or more information sources by a mem­ber of the library staff.
3 Consists of 7,433 single-outlet libraries and 1,765 multiple-outlet libraries. Some single-outlet libraries are bookmobiles, and some multiple-outlet libraries consist of or include bookmobiles.
NOTE: Data include imputations for nonresponse. Detail may not sum to totals because of rounding.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, Public Libraries Survey (PLS), fiscal year 2005, Public Libraries in the United States: Fiscal Year 2004. (This table was prepared May 2008.)

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