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Virginia public libraries

Posted in $4 on March 22nd, 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.

Most of the 90 Virginia libraries profiled (one was omitted) are in the low to middling expenditure brackets, with only 13% spending $43 or more—but only one library spending less than $12.

Circulation is slightly on the low side, with 33% circulating at least eight items per capita (compared to 50% overall)—but only 3% circulating less than two. Visits per capita are slightly low; program attendance is significantly low, with only 28% of libraries reporting at least 0.3 attendance per capita (compared to 54% overall), as is PC use, with only 14% reporting at least 1.7 uses per capita (compared to 30% overall).

Libraries by legal service area

LSA Count % Outliers
1,650-2,249 1 1.1%
2,250-2,999 2 2.2%
3,000-3,999 1 1.1%
4,000-5,299 0.0% 1
6,800-8,699 1 1.1%
8,700-11,099 5 5.6%
11,100-14,099 7 7.8%
14,100-18,499 4 4.4%
18,500-24,999 6 6.7%
25,000-34,499 9 10.0%
34,500-53,999 20 22.2%
54,000-104,999 15 16.7%
105,000-4.1 mill. 19 21.1%

Circulation per capita and spending per capita

Circulation per capita correlates very strongly (0.83) with spending per capita.

Circulation per capita plotted against spending per capita

Circulation per capita (rounded) occurrence by spending category


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