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Digest of Education Statistics: 2017
Digest of Education Statistics: 2017

NCES 2018-070
January 2018


Table 701.15. Number and percentage of public schools with libraries/media centers and average number of staff per library/media center, by staff type and employment status and school level, enrollment size, and locale: 2015-16
[Standard errors appear in parentheses]
School level, enrollment size, and locale Schools with libraries/media centers Average number of staff per library/media center
Librarians or library media specialists Library media center instructional aides Library media center noninstructional aides
Number Percent Full time Part time Full time Part time Full time Part time
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
Total, all public schools1 82,300 (440) 91.0 (0.43) 0.7 (0.01) 0.2 (0.01) 0.3   (0.01) 0.1 (0.01) 0.1 (#) 0.1   (#)
                                     
Elementary schools 59,500 (350) 95.4 (0.39) 0.6 (0.01) 0.2 (0.01) 0.3   (0.01) 0.1 (0.01) 0.1 (#) 0.1   (0.01)
Enrollment size                                    
Less than 150 students 3,200 (300) 81.4 (3.88) 0.2 (0.03) 0.4 (0.05) 0.1 ! (0.03) 0.2 (0.04) (†) 0.1 ! (0.03)
150 to 499 students 28,700 (560) 95.1 (0.49) 0.6 (0.01) 0.3 (0.01) 0.2   (0.01) 0.2 (0.01) 0.1 (0.01) 0.1   (0.01)
500 to 749 students 18,600 (480) 97.8 (0.42) 0.7 (0.01) 0.2 (0.01) 0.3   (0.02) 0.1 (0.01) 0.1 (0.01) 0.1   (0.01)
750 or more students 9,000 (340) 97.8 (0.61) 0.8 (0.02) 0.2 (0.02) 0.3   (0.02) 0.1 (0.02) 0.1 (0.02) 0.1   (0.01)
Locale                                    
City 16,500 (210) 92.0 (0.92) 0.6 (0.02) 0.2 (0.02) 0.2   (0.02) 0.1 (0.01) 0.1 (0.01) 0.1   (0.01)
Suburban 21,100 (190) 97.0 (0.60) 0.7 (0.02) 0.2 (0.02) 0.2   (0.01) 0.2 (0.01) 0.1 (0.01) 0.1   (0.01)
Town 7,600 (280) 97.1 (0.69) 0.6 (0.02) 0.2 (0.02) 0.3   (0.02) 0.1 (0.02) 0.1 (0.01) 0.1   (0.01)
Rural 14,300 (320) 96.4 (0.82) 0.6 (0.02) 0.2 (0.02) 0.3   (0.02) 0.1 (0.02) # (†) 0.1   (0.01)
                                     
Secondary schools 16,300 (410) 82.0 (1.46) 0.8 (0.02) 0.1 (0.01) 0.3   (0.02) 0.1 (0.01) 0.2 (0.01) 0.1   (0.01)
Enrollment size                                    
Less than 150 students 1,400 (200) 46.0 (5.28) 0.2 (0.06) 0.2 (0.05)   (†) (†) (†)   (†)
150 to 499 students 4,600 (260) 77.4 (2.60) 0.6 (0.04) 0.2 (0.03) 0.2   (0.02) 0.1 (0.02) 0.1 (0.02) 0.1   (0.01)
500 to 749 students 2,600 (180) 89.6 (2.22) 0.8 (0.04) 0.2 (0.03) 0.2   (0.03) 0.2 (0.04) 0.1 (0.02) 0.1   (0.02)
750 or more students 7,600 (290) 96.5 (0.81) 1.1 (0.02) 0.1 (0.01) 0.4   (0.03) 0.1 (0.02) 0.3 (0.02) 0.1   (0.01)
Locale                                    
City 4,200 (220) 79.2 (2.51) 0.8 (0.04) 0.1 (0.02) 0.2   (0.03) 0.1 (0.01) 0.2 (0.03) #   (†)
Suburban 4,800 (210) 80.9 (2.84) 1.0 (0.03) 0.1 (0.02) 0.3   (0.04) 0.1 (0.03) 0.2 (0.03) 0.1   (0.02)
Town 2,900 (180) 82.9 (3.24) 0.8 (0.03) 0.2 (0.03) 0.3   (0.03) 0.1 (0.02) 0.2 (0.03) 0.1   (0.02)
Rural 4,400 (230) 85.6 (2.42) 0.8 (0.04) 0.2 (0.03) 0.3   (0.03) 0.1 (0.02) 0.1 (0.02) #   (†)
† Not applicable.
# Rounds to zero.
! Interpret data with caution. The coefficient of variation (CV) for this estimate is between 30 and 50 percent.
‡ Reporting standards not met. Either there are too few cases for a reliable estimate or the coefficient of variation (CV) is 50 percent or greater.
1 Total includes combined elementary/secondary schools, which are not separately shown.
NOTE: Detail may not sum to totals because of rounding.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, National Teacher and Principal Survey (NTPS), "Public School Data File," 2015-16. (This table was prepared May 2018.)