Wyoming public libraries

The last 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.

Wyoming’s 23 libraries (none omitted) are mostly fairly well funded, with two-thirds spending $43 or more and only five libraries (22%) spending less than $36 per capita. None of the libraries circulate 24 or more items per capita, but 70% circulate at least six (compared to 50% overall). Patron visits are also strong, with 57% of the libraries reporting at least seven visits per capita (compared to 33% overall).

Program attendance is strong, with 74% of the libraries reporting at least 0.5 attendance per capita (compared to 33% overall), and PC use is strong, with 57% reporting 1.7 uses per capita or more (compared to 30% overall).

Libraries by legal service area

LSA Count %
2,250-2,999 1 4.3%
4,000-5,299 1 4.3%
5,300-6,799 1 4.3%
6,800-8,699 4 17.4%
8,700-11,099 1 4.3%
11,100-14,099 3 13.0%
14,100-18,499 2 8.7%
18,500-24,999 2 8.7%
25,000-34,499 3 13.0%
34,500-53,999 3 13.0%
54,000-104,999 2 8.7%

Circulation per capita and spending per capita

Circulation per capita correlates strongly (0.68) with spending per capita.

Circulation per capita plotted against spending per capita

Circulation per capita (rounded) occurrence by spending category

In looking at this mostly-useless graph, note that there are no Wyoming libraries spending less than $17 per capita.

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