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Oregon public libraries

Posted in $4 on March 4th, 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. Note that Lulu prices for the paperback and hardback versions are now lower. Oregon librarians and libraries should also remember that a special Oregon/Washington report is available, at no cost for the PDF.

The 123 profiled libraries in Oregon (four were omitted) are broadly distributed in terms of spending, with slightly more near the top and only two libraries in the bottom bracket. Median benefit ratios are consistently higher than 4.7 without adjusting for cost of living, 5.4 with that adjustment.

Those high benefit ratios should translate to fairly strong usage, and they do. One out of six libraries circulates 24 or more items per capita and 41% circulate 13 or more (compared to 25% overall); spending correlates with circulation. Patron visits are also fairly strong, with 44% of the libraries having seven or more visits per capita (compared to 33% overall). Program attendance is fairly typical; PC use per capita is slightly above average.

Libraries by legal service area

LSA Count % Outliers
<700 8 6.5% 1
700-1,149 7 5.7% 1
1,150-1,649 1 0.8%
1,650-2,249 11 8.9%
2,250-2,999 6 4.9%
3,000-3,999 8 6.5%
4,000-5,299 3 2.4% 1
5,300-6,799 9 7.3%
6,800-8,699 5 4.1%
8,700-11,099 7 5.7%
11,100-14,099 9 7.3%
14,100-18,499 6 4.9%
18,500-24,999 13 10.6%
25,000-34,499 10 8.1%
34,500-53,999 5 4.1%
54,000-104,999 7 5.7% 1
105,000-4.1 mill. 8 6.5%

Circulation per capita and spending per capita

Circulation per capita correlates strongly (0.58) with spending per capita.

Circulation per capita plotted against spending per capita

Circulation per capita (rounded) occurrence by spending category


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