Pennsylvania 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.

Pennsylvania’s 391 profiled libraries (another 66 omitted) are generally not
very well funded: more than three-quarters are in the bottom four spending brackets, compared to roughly 40% overall. Circulation is low, with only 31% circulating at least eight items per capita (compared to 50% overall). Patron visits are also low, with 32% reporting at least five visits per capita (compared to 54% overall). Program attendance is also somewhat low—and PC use is very low, with only 26% of libraries reporting at least one use per capita (compared to 57% overall).

Libraries by legal service area

LSA Count % Outliers
700-1,149 1 0.3% 5
1,150-1,649 2 0.5% 7
1,650-2,249 7 1.8% 11
2,250-2,999 10 2.6% 7
3,000-3,999 12 3.1% 10
4,000-5,299 17 4.3% 9
5,300-6,799 32 8.2% 9
6,800-8,699 35 9.0% 1
8,700-11,099 28 7.2%
11,100-14,099 45 11.5% 1
14,100-18,499 45 11.5% 1
18,500-24,999 50 12.8% 1
25,000-34,499 37 9.5% 1
34,500-53,999 31 7.9% 2
54,000-104,999 27 6.9% 1
105,000-4.1 mill. 12 3.1%

Circulation per capita and spending per capita

Circulation per capita correlates strongly (0.60) with spending per capita.

Circulation per capita plotted against spending per capita

Circulation per capita (rounded) by spending category

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