Oklahoma 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. Note that Lulu prices for the paperback and hardback versions are now lower.

Most of Oklahoma’s 115 profiled libraries (one library omitted) are neither well funded nor very badly funded, with only nine libraries (8%) spending at least $43 per capita (compared to 30% overall) and only four (4%) spending less than $12. Benefit ratios are consistently above 4, even after adjusting for Oklahoma’s 88.1% cost of living.

Circulation is on the low side, with only 13% of libraries circulating at least 10 items per capita (compared to 38% overall). Patron visits are also low, mostly because only 13 libraries (11%) have at least nine visits per capita (compared to 20% overall). Program attendance is also on the low side, but PC use is strong, with 56% of the libraries having at least 1.3 uses per capita (compared to 43% overall).

Libraries by legal service area

LSA Count % Outliers
<700 4 3.5% 1
700-1,149 11 9.6%
1,150-1,649 17 14.8%
1,650-2,249 9 7.8%
2,250-2,999 13 11.3%
3,000-3,999 8 7.0%
4,000-5,299 7 6.1%
5,300-6,799 9 7.8%
6,800-8,699 3 2.6%
8,700-11,099 6 5.2%
11,100-14,099 4 3.5%
14,100-18,499 7 6.1%
18,500-24,999 4 3.5%
25,000-34,499 2 1.7%
34,500-53,999 4 3.5%
54,000-104,999 2 1.7%
105,000-4.1 mill. 5 4.3%

Circulation per capita and spending per capita

Circulation per capita correlates moderately well (0.49) with spending per capita.

Circulation per capita plotted against spending per capita

Circulation per capita (rounded) occurrence by spending category

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