Wednesday, October 22, 2014

U.S. Public Library Circulation by Population of Service Area: Under 1,000

Population includes municipal and "extended" as provided by the 2013 Wisconsin Public Library Service Data.

Line graphs Source:  Institute of Museum and Library Services, Public Libraries in the United States Survey (1990, 1995, 2000, 2006, 2011)

Why the drop in the number of libraries?

The IMLS explains in the introduction to the 2010 Public Libraries in the United States Survey.

In order to be included, a public library must meet this 5-point definition.

The breakdown.

An exampleThe Central Falls (Rhode Island) Public Library closed in July 2011 and reopened 2 months later with a staff of volunteers, i.e., with no paid staff (#2) and, it appears, based on the reference to donations, no public funds (#5).

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