Idaho public libraries

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.

The 101 libraries profiled (three are omitted) tend toward lower funding—some libraries are in every expenditure bracket, but 55% spend between $12 and $30.99. (On the other hand, only three libraries spend less than $12, while six libraries are in each of the top two spending brackets). Although only one library or system circulates at least 24 items per capita, circulation is slightly on the high side, with 60% circulating at least 8 items (compared to 50% overall). Idaho libraries also do well on patron visits, with 59% having 6 or more visits per capita (compared to 42% overall) and only 9% having less than three (compared to 22% overall). Program attendance is consistently on the high side, as is PC use (where 47% of the libraries had at least 1.7 uses per capita and 70% had at least one, compared to 30% and 57% overall).

Libraries by legal service area

LSA Count % Outliers
<700

11

10.9%

3

700-1,149

11

10.9%

1,150-1,649

7

6.9%

1,650-2,249

7

6.9%

2,250-2,999

8

7.9%

3,000-3,999

8

7.9%

4,000-5,299

4

4.0%

5,300-6,799

6

5.9%

6,800-8,699

10

9.9%

8,700-11,099

5

5.0%

11,100-14,099

3

3.0%

14,100-18,499

2

2.0%

18,500-24,999

3

3.0%

25,000-34,499

4

4.0%

34,500-53,999

6

5.9%

54,000-104,999

5

5.0%

105,000-4.1 mill.

1

1.9%

Circulation per capita and spending per capita

Correlation between circulation per capita and spending per capita is, while still moderate, unusually low at 0.31.


Circulation per capita plotted against spending per capita


Circulation per capita (rounded) occurrence by spending category

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