Preliminary Data (. pdf)
The Public Libraries and the Internet survey 2008-2009, part of the Public Library Funding & Technology Access Study, sampled and received responses from all 50 states and the District of Columbia. The survey did not, however, receive enough responses from all states to conduct state level analysis. The ensuing state tables provide selected summary survey data for the states for which there were adequate and representative responses (45 in all, plus the District of Columbia). States for which data analysis was not possible included Arkansas, Idaho, Michigan, Nebraska and South Carolina.
The survey data were weighted to permit state projections. The weighting used was based on three variables:
1) Metropolitan status of libraries in the state (urban, suburban, and rural);
2) Calculated poverty of the population served by the libraries in the state (less than 20 percent, 20-40 percent, and greater than 40 percent); and
3) Total number of libraries in the state.
Thus, the data presented in the tables are statewide estimates.
The attached figures represent state connectivity data (maximum connection speed, connection type, wireless, etc.) only. National connectivity data is available online at
http://www.ala.org/ala/aboutala/offices/ors/plftas/connectivity09.cfm. Comprehensive state-by-state data will be published online in September 2009 as part of the overall release of Libraries Connect Communities: Public Library Funding & Technology Access Study 2008-2009. Additional information, including prior year study findings, is available at