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Indiana public libraries

Posted in $4 on January 9th, 2013

Another post commenting on Chapter 20 of Give Us a Dollar and We’ll Give You Back Four (2012-13)–now available as a $9.99 Kindle ebook or $21.95 paperback with ISBN 978-1481279161 on Amazon, along with the usual Lulu options.

Indiana’s 234 libraries (in the tables—four were omitted) are generally well funded, with 55% in the top three brackets (compared to 30% overall) and only 20, or less than 9%, in the bottom four brackets combined (compared to 39% overall). While low at the highest end, circulation is also strong, with 67% circulating eight or more items per capita (compared to 50% overall); except at the very bottom, expenditures and circulation track consistently.

Indiana libraries are also well visited, with 71% having five or more visits per capita and 45% having seven or more (compared to 54% and 33% overall). Program attendance is particularly strong, with 17% showing at least 1.1 attendance per capita (compared to 9% overall) and fully half showing at least 0.5 attendance (compared to 33% overall). PC use, although typical at the highest end, is quite high, with 62% having at least 1.3 uses per capita (compared to 43% overall). In short, Indiana’s libraries are both (with some exceptions) well-funded and well used.

Libraries by legal service area

LSA Count % Outliers
<700 1 0.4% 2
700-1,149 7 3.0% 1
1,150-1,649 18 7.7%
1,650-2,249 19 8.1%
2,250-2,999 13 5.6%
3,000-3,999 14 6.0% 1
4,000-5,299 19 8.1%
5,300-6,799 11 4.7%
6,800-8,699 12 5.1%
8,700-11,099 22 9.4%
11,100-14,099 13 5.6%
14,100-18,499 16 6.8%
18,500-24,999 13 5.6%
25,000-34,499 22 9.4%
34,500-53,999 9 3.8%
54,000-104,999 15 6.4%
105,000-4.1 mill. 10 4.3%

Circulation and spending per capita

Circulation per capita correlates strongly (0.56) with spending per capita.

Circulation per capita plotted against spending per capita

Circulation per capita (rounded) occurrence by spending category


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