Montana 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 79 libraries profiled (one omitted) generally fall into the lower midrange of expenditures: only 26% spend at least $31 per capita but only 14% spend less than $17. Circulation also tends toward the lower midrange, with only 11% circulating at least 10 items per capita (compared to 38% overall) and only one library (1%) circulating less than two items (compared to 6% overall). Tracking of expenditures with circulation is generally solid—except that the single library circulating at least 13 and fewer than 17 items per capita isn’t funded as well as the median of those circulating 10 to 12.99 items per capita.

Patron visits tend toward the middle (with relatively few at the top and bottom), while program attendance is somewhat low (41% have at least 0.3 attendance per capita, compared to 54% overall). PC use is high: 67% have at least 1.3 uses per capita, compared to 43% overall.

Libraries by legal service area

LSA Count % Outliers
<700 5 6.3%
700-1,149 4 5.1%
1,150-1,649 6 7.6%
1,650-2,249 10 12.7%
2,250-2,999 6 7.6%
3,000-3,999 7 8.9%
4,000-5,299 10 12.7%
5,300-6,799 2 2.5% 1
6,800-8,699 4 5.1%
8,700-11,099 9 11.4%
11,100-14,099 5 6.3%
14,100-18,499 2 2.5%
18,500-24,999 2 2.5%
34,500-53,999 2 2.5%
54,000-104,999 4 5.1%
105,000-4.1 mill. 1 1.3%

Circulation per capita and spending per capita

Circulation per capita correlates strongly (0.63) with spending per capita.

Circulation per capita plotted against spending per capita

Circulation per capita (rounded) occurrence by spending category

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