Public Libraries


Table 412.--Public libraries, books and serial volumes, annual attendance,
            and reference transactions, by state:  1992
 
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                      |         |              | Number |          |
                      |         |              |of books|          |   Public
                      | Number  |  Number of   |  and   | Library  |  library
        State         |   of    |  books and   | serial |  visits  | reference
                      | public  |    serial    |volumes |   per    |transactions
                      |libraries|  volumes\1\  |  per   |capita \2\|    per
                      |         |(in thousands)| capita |          | capita \3\
______________________|_________|______________|________|__________|____________
          1           |    2    |      3       |   4    |    5     |     6
______________________|_________|______________|________|__________|____________
  United States.......|   8,946 |      642,617 |    2.7 |      4.0 |        1.0
                      |_________|______________|________|__________|____________
Arizona ..............|      39 |        7,225 |    1.9 |      4.5 |        1.1
Colorado .............|     120 |        8,977 |    2.7 |      3.9 |        1.0
Idaho ................|     107 |        2,778 |    3.5 |      4.8 |        0.8
Montana ..............|      83 |        2,480 |    3.1 |      3.5 |        0.6
Nevada ...............|      26 |        2,325 |    1.7 |      3.1 |        0.8
New Mexico ...........|      74 |        4,053 |    3.7 |      --- |        ---
Utah .................|      69 |        4,578 |    2.7 |      --- |        ---
Wyoming ..............|      23 |        2,006 |    4.3 |      4.6 |        0.8
______________________|_________|______________|________|__________|____________
\1\Some data are different from other tables due to a different population base.
\2\Attendance is the total number of persons entering the library including
persons attending activities, meetings, and those persons requiring no staff
services.
\3\A reference transaction is an information contact which involves the
knowledge, use, recommendations, interpretation or instructions in the use of
one or more information sources by a member of the library staff.
---Response rate less than 70 percent.
 


Notes: Totals may be underestimated due to nonresponse.

Source: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, Public Libraries in the United States: 1992. (This table was prepared June 1994.) Data extracted from Education Statistics on Disk (1995 Edition) a DOS-based program which combines several statistical publications of the United States Dept. of Education into one downloadable program.

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