Tuesday, July 30, 2013

What States Spend the Most, Per Capita, on Their Public Libraries?


Data from the FY2011 Public Library Survey, collected by the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

State Public Library Circulation Per Capita Vs. Operating Income Per Capita

Most states would want to be somewhere high on this chart, but not too far to the right.



Data from the FY2011 Public Library Survey, collected by the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

Thursday, July 25, 2013

What States Provide the Most Internet Computers in Public Libraries?

The results on Public Internet Computers per 1000 population served shows some interesting clusters of states where the numbers are higher.  The northern states seem to have better numbers, but not always.


Using the slider can make this easier to visualize.

Data from the FY2011 Public Library Survey, collected by the Institute of Museum and Library Services. 

What States Have the Busiest Public Libraries?

Public library statistics for FY2011 were just released.  Here are the results based on statewide totals.  Circulation per capita varies quite a bit from state to state:


Also, by library visits per capita.  Note how the visit rate is higher in colder climates:


For both of these charts you can change the population served to find out if your state's rates change when the libraries serve different sized communities.

I'll be releasing more of these visualizations in the coming weeks.

Data from the FY2011 Public Library Survey, collected by the Institute of Museum and Library Services.