Public Libraries in the United States: Fiscal Year 2009

Source: Deanne W. Swan, Kim A. Miller, Terri Craig, Suzanne Dorinski, Michael Freeman, Natasha Isaac, Patricia O’Shea, Peter Schilling, Jennifer Scotto, Institute of Museum and Library Services, IMLS-2011-PLS-02, October 2011

From the press release:
…The ways in which Americans use libraries changed significantly in the decade ending in 2009 as libraries adapted to meet the evolving needs of their users. These changes are keeping libraries relevant, vibrant places as evidenced by a 24.4% increase in visits per capita in the last ten years, with total visits increasing by nearly 40%…

From the abstract:
This report includes national and state summary data on public libraries in the 50 states and the District of Columbia, with an introduction, selected findings, and several tables. The report, based on data from the Public Libraries Survey for fiscal year 2009, includes information on visitation, circulation, the availability and use of library computing resources, staffing, library collections and services, and fiscal information such as operating revenue and expenditures. The report includes several key findings: Nationwide, visits to public libraries totaled 1.59 billion, or 5.4 library visits per capita. There were 2.41 billion circulations of library materials (8.1 per capita) and 1.4 uses of Internet PCs per capita during fiscal year 2009. The Public Libraries Survey data includes detailed geographic information to help describe the communities that public libraries serve. IMLS uses this additional information to explore the ways in which libraries are meeting the needs of these diverse communities.

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