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Contact: Larra Clark
Press Officer
312-280-5043
lclark@ala.org

Public Libraries in the United States
Statistical trends, 1990-2002*

 

Circulation Trends

 Total  Per Capita  Response Rate
 1990  1,394,887,374  5.59  96.8
 1991  1,465,962,402  6.1  96.1
 1992  1,555,360,000  6.4  97.1
 1993  1,585,859,000  6.5  96.9
 1994  1,569,919,000  6.4  97.0
 1995  1,609,872,000  6.4  96.9
 1996  1,642,625,000  6.5  97.6
 1997  1,690,203,000  6.6  97.2
 1998  1,701,184,000  6.6  97.5
 1999  1,693,416,000  6.4  97.5
 2000  1,713,967,000  6.4  97.8
 2001  1,789,927,000  6.5  95.8
 2002  1,897,874,000  6.8  97.7


Library visit Trends

   Total      Per Capita  Response Rate
 1990  506,863,503  3.13  68.1
 1991  675,708,393  3.7  76.2
 1992  773,236,000  4.0  81.6
 1993  810,778,000  4.0  83.7
 1994  821,686,000  4.1  83.9
 1995  981,566,000  3.9  83.8
 1996  1,013,798,000  4.0  86.3
 1997  1,057,757,000  4.1  86.4
 1998  1,088,034,000  4.2  87.9
 1999  1,119,733,000  4.3  89.1
 2000  1,146,284,000  4.3  90.1
 2001  1,187,723,000  4.3  89.5
 2002  1,244,348,000  4.5  92.2


Reference transaction Trends

 Total    Per Capita Response Rate
 1990  201,414,485    0.9  80.7
 1991  222,023,860  1.0  82.0
 1992  227,989,000  1.0  86.4
 1993  242,691,000  1.1  86.1
 1994  257,690,000  1.1  87.9
 1995  278,204,000  1.1  87.2
 1996  284,513,000  1.1  88.5
 1997  287,173,000  1.1  89.8
 1998  292,056,000  1.1  88.7
 1999  294,568,000  1.1  89.5
 2000  291,476,000  1.1  90.1
 2001  296,211,000  1.1  89.1
 2002  301,757,000  1.1  90.9

*Note: Totals for 1990-94 may be underestimated due to nonresponse.  Since 1995, items with response rates below 100 percent include imputations for nonresponse.

Source: Public Libraries in the United States XXXX. National Center for Education Statistics
Compiled by ALA Office for Research and Statistics

 

 

 

  


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