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Digest of Education Statistics: 2013
Digest of Education Statistics: 2013

NCES 2015-011
May 2015


Table 701.60. Public libraries, books and serial volumes, library visits, circulation, and reference transactions, by state: Fiscal years 2009 and 2010
State Number of public libraries Number of books and serial volumes Library visits per capita1 Circulation per capita2 Reference transactions per capita3
In thousands Per capita
2009 2010 2009 2010 2009 2010 2009 2010 2009 2010 2009 2010
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13
United States 9,225 4  8,951 4  815,909 808,402 2.7 2.7 5.4 5.3 8.1 8.3 1.0 1.0
Alabama 210   212   9,546 9,649 2.1 2.1 3.7 3.7 4.6 4.6 0.9 0.9
Alaska 87   75   2,532 2,366 3.7 3.4 5.1 4.8 6.4 6.3 0.7 0.6
Arizona 89   89   8,807 8,946 1.3 1.4 4.4 4.6 7.4 8.2 0.7 0.7
Arkansas 52   55   6,578 6,569 2.5 2.5 4.0 4.0 5.3 5.5 0.7 0.8
California 181   181   75,299 74,754 2.0 1.9 4.8 4.6 6.2 6.3 0.9 0.9
                             
Colorado 114   114   11,916 11,752 2.4 2.4 6.7 6.8 13.0 13.3 1.2 1.1
Connecticut 195   183   15,646 14,679 4.5 4.4 7.0 7.2 9.7 10.2 1.3 1.2
Delaware 21   21   1,701 1,858 2.2 2.4 5.6 5.8 10.5 11.5 0.6 0.7
District of Columbia 1   1   2,130 1,904 3.6 3.2 4.9 4.6 3.9 4.5 1.4 1.4
Florida 80   80   32,643 33,057 1.7 1.8 4.8 4.8 6.8 7.1 1.6 1.7
                             
Georgia 61   61   16,341 16,765 1.7 1.7 4.3 3.9 5.1 4.7 0.9 1.1
Hawaii 1   1   3,383 3,466 2.6 2.7 4.7 4.1 5.6 5.4 0.7 0.6
Idaho 104   102   4,275 4,316 3.2 3.2 6.8 6.4 10.3 10.7 0.9 1.0
Illinois 634   622   45,250 45,223 3.8 3.8 7.0 7.0 9.7 10.3 1.2 1.2
Indiana 238   238   25,672 25,628 4.5 4.5 7.4 7.1 14.1 13.7 1.0 1.1
                             
Iowa 541   531   12,143 12,117 4.1 4.1 6.5 6.6 9.7 9.9 0.6 0.6
Kansas 328   311   10,314 10,060 4.3 4.2 6.6 6.5 11.8 11.6 1.1 0.9
Kentucky 117   117   8,849 9,028 2.1 2.1 4.5 4.6 6.9 7.0 0.7 0.8
Louisiana 68   68   11,651 11,913 2.6 2.6 3.5 3.7 4.2 4.4 1.4 1.5
Maine 269   215   6,536 6,010 5.4 5.3 5.9 6.0 7.9 8.4 0.6 0.5
                             
Maryland 24   24   13,892 13,954 2.5 2.5 6.1 6.0 10.7 10.7 1.3 1.4
Massachusetts 370   360   32,969 32,789 5.1 5.0 6.5 6.5 8.9 9.8 0.8 0.8
Michigan 384   384   35,539 35,322 3.6 3.6 6.0 6.0 8.6 9.0 1.0 1.0
Minnesota 138   138   15,535 15,592 2.9 2.9 5.6 5.3 11.2 11.1 0.7 0.7
Mississippi 50   50   5,556 5,569 1.9 1.9 3.2 3.3 3.0 3.0 0.6 0.6
                             
Missouri 150   147   17,592 17,328 3.4 3.4 5.9 6.2 10.1 10.6 1.1 1.0
Montana 80   80   2,731 2,794 3.0 3.1 4.9 5.0 6.9 7.5 0.5 0.5
Nebraska 269   216   6,345 5,856 4.7 4.4 6.8 6.5 10.4 10.3 0.8 0.8
Nevada 22   22   4,782 4,545 1.8 1.7 4.3 4.3 7.2 7.6 0.6 0.6
New Hampshire 230   221   6,217 5,968 4.7 6.0 5.9 8.2 8.9 12.2 0.6 0.8
                             
New Jersey 301   284   30,230 29,635 3.6 3.6 6.1 6.1 7.8 7.6 1.0 1.0
New Mexico 91   81   4,615 4,426 2.9 2.8 5.0 5.2 6.5 6.7 0.8 0.7
New York 756   756   75,760 73,078 4.0 3.9 6.3 6.2 8.4 8.7 1.5 1.4
North Carolina 77   77   16,907 16,755 1.8 1.8 4.8 4.7 6.0 6.0 1.4 1.4
North Dakota 85   73   2,575 2,374 4.5 4.1 4.4 4.2 7.8 7.2 0.8 0.7
                             
Ohio 251   251   45,818 45,224 4.0 3.9 8.0 7.6 17.0 16.3 1.8 1.8
Oklahoma 115   116   7,278 7,352 2.4 2.4 7.0 5.2 7.1 7.4 0.7 0.7
Oregon 127   126   9,927 10,048 2.7 2.7 6.8 6.8 15.4 16.2 0.8 0.7
Pennsylvania 458   457   28,180 27,790 2.4 2.3 4.1 3.9 6.0 5.8 0.7 0.8
Rhode Island 48   48   4,334 4,636 4.1 4.4 6.4 6.0 7.3 7.4 0.8 0.7
                             
South Carolina 42   42   9,430 9,575 2.2 2.2 4.2 4.2 6.1 6.2 1.2 1.2
South Dakota 112   102   3,096 2,926 4.2 4.0 5.4 5.5 8.4 8.2 0.9 0.6
Tennessee 186   186   11,754 11,837 1.9 1.9 3.5 3.4 4.0 4.2 0.6 0.6
Texas 559   549   41,749 41,832 1.8 1.8 3.5 3.4 5.1 5.2 0.7 0.7
Utah 71   72   6,744 6,873 2.5 2.5 7.0 7.0 13.4 13.7 1.9 1.2
                             
Vermont 184   159   2,964 2,908 4.9 5.4 6.5 7.1 7.8 8.8 0.8 0.9
Virginia 91   91   19,151 18,921 2.5 2.5 5.5 5.5 9.8 10.0 1.0 1.0
Washington 63   61   15,377 14,878 2.3 2.3 6.7 6.8 12.9 13.1 0.9 0.9
West Virginia 97   97   5,213 5,264 2.9 2.9 3.4 3.4 4.3 4.4 0.5 0.5
Wisconsin 380   381   19,956 19,794 3.5 3.5 6.4 6.4 11.5 11.4 0.9 0.9
Wyoming 23   23   2,484 2,498 4.7 4.6 7.1 7.1 9.5 9.8 1.2 1.0
1 The number of visits (entering the library for any purpose) per person during the year.
2 The number of library materials lent per person during the year.
3 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.
4 In 2009, of the 9,225 public libraries in the 50 states and the District of Columbia, 7,466 were single-outlet libraries and 1,759 were multiple-outlet libraries. In 2010, of the 8,951 public libraries in the 50 states and the District of Columbia, 7,204 were single-outlet libraries and 1,747 were multiple-outlet libraries. Single-outlet libraries consist of a central library, bookmobile, or books-by-mail-only outlet. Multiple-outlet libraries have two or more direct service outlets, including some combination of one central library, branch(es), bookmobile(s), and/or books-by-mail-only outlets.
NOTE: Data include imputations for nonresponse. Detail may not sum to totals because of rounding. Per capita figures are based on unduplicated populations of the areas served by public libraries.
SOURCE: Institute of Museum and Library Services, Public Libraries Survey, fiscal years 2009 and 2010, retrieved December 13, 2013, from http://www.imls.gov/research/public_libraries_in_the_united_states_survey.aspx. (This table was prepared December 2013.)