FY 2010 report on Public Libraries in the United States

Source: Deanne W. Swan, Justin Grimes, Timothy Owens, Rodney D. Vese, Jr., Kim A. Miller, J. Andrea Arroyo, Terri Craig, Suzanne Dorinski, Michael Freeman, Natasha Isaac, Patricia O’Shea, Peter Schilling, Jennifer Scotto, Institute of Museum and Library Services, IMLS-2013–PLS-01, January 2013

From the press release:
Public libraries served 297.6 million people throughout the United States, a number that is equivalent to 96.4 percent of the total U.S. population, according to new research by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). In 2010, there were 8,951 public libraries in the 50 states and the District of Columbia with 17,078 public library branches and bookmobiles.

IMLS today released the 2010 Public Libraries in the United States Survey, an analysis of the most comprehensive annual data collection of U.S. public library statistics. Nationally, public libraries have seen reductions in operating revenue, service hours, and staffing. Numbers for circulation, program attendance, and computer use continue to trend upward.

This is the first federal statistical report on public libraries to go beyond a national level analysis to report on trends at the local, regional, and state levels. The report identifies indicators in three areas: services and operations, resources, and workforce. To provide a more complete picture of library service in the U.S., the report provides a snapshot for each state, describing characteristics of library service.
See also:
State by State Profiles
Supplementary Tables
Fact Sheet
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