Washington 2009-2010

Library Funding and Technology Access

Expenditures/Services

Service Detail
WA
U.S.
EXPENDITURES (system data)

Total operating expenditures per capita
$ 52.24 $ 35.63
ACCESS


Hours decreased since last fiscal year
8.7%
14.5%
CONNECTIVITY (library outlet/branch data)


Library offer only free access to computers/Internet in their communities
56.5%
66.6%
Average number of computers
15.1
14.2
Always sufficient computers available
14.9%
26.5%
Use of public Internet workstations increased since last year
79.8%
75.7%
Maximum Internet connection speed Less than 1.5Mbps
15.8%
14.8%

1.5Mbps
14.1%
27.4%

1.6-10Mbps
40.2%
33.4%

Greater than 10Mbps
28.9%
18.4%
Always adequate connection speed
52.4%
54.4%
Wireless availability
82.0%
82.2%
INTERNET SERVICES (library outlet/branch data) Licensed databases
99.3%
95%

Homework resources
94.1%
88.2%

Digital/virtual reference
71.7%
72.3%

e-books
48.6%
65.9%

Audio content
84.0%
82.5%
Library offers IT training to patrons
97.3%
89.1%
E-government: Staff provide assistance to patrons... to understand how to access and use e-government Web sites
93.4%
88.8%
Jobs services: Library... provides access to jobs databases and other job resources
92.4%
88.2%

Helps patrons complete online job applications
27.4%
67.1%

Source Public Library Funding & Technology Access Study. Other state data are available.