Library DrawingThe CONNector

April 2002Volume 4 Number 2

Not Bad For a Small State

Joanne Turschman, Library Specialist

Clipart of a man holding a 1st place ribbon.

For the 6th straight year in a row, Connecticut has ranked number one in the U.S. in library visits per capita.This and other interesting statistics from the newly released Public Libraries in the United States: Fiscal Year 1999, illustrate how Connecticut ranks nationally in such categories as:

Audio (16th)
Books and Serials (11th)
Circulation (14th)
Collections Expenditures (6th)
ILL (11th)
Librarians (4th)
Librarians with an MLS (2nd)!
Operating Expenditures (5th)
Other Income (5th)
Salaries (4th)
Staffing (6th)
State Income (30th)
Subscriptions (10th)
Total Income (6th)
Videos (5th)

These per capita figures have been compiled annually since 1989 when the National Center for Education Statistics recognized a need for data relating to the condition and progress of public libraries in the United States.

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