Thursday, April 3, 2014

The Biggest and the Smallest U.S. Public Libraries: Hours of Operation (2011)

Two disturbing facts jump out at me.
  1. In 2011, 9 public libraries serving a million+ residents were open between 30 and 39 hours per week
  2. In 2011, no public libraries serving a million+ residents were open more than 59 hours per week

2014 Update:

Two -- or is it three -- surprises here. Which 1 library in a service area of less than 1,000 is open 70+ hours per week, and which 2 libraries in a service area of 1,000 to 2,499 are open 60 to 69 hours per week?

Source:  Institute of Museum and Library Service Public Libraries in the United States Survey, Fiscal Year 2011.

Related posts:
Hours of operation.  (4/3/2014)
Public Libraries: Larger and Smaller Units of Governance, Iowa and South Carolina.  (4/1/2014) 
Number of public libraries in the ten most populous states. (4/1/2014)
Percentage distribution of public libraries by legal service area population.  (3/30/2014)
Public libraries by type of legal basis.  (3/30/2014)
Public library revenue.  (3/24/2014)
Number of libraries, 2011 (administrative units).  (3/19/2014)
Library staffing, 2001-2011.  (3/19/2014)

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