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Statistics & Research: Public Libraries and Librarian

CURRENT statistics from the Texas State Library and Archives Commission (2016 most recently published year)1 and national comparisons from the Institute for Museum and Library Services (Fiscal Year 2008 most recently published year)2
 

Texas Data1

 Number of Public Libraries: 550
Additional Number of Branches, Bookmobiles: 334
Total Outlets: 884
Population Served: 25,269,938
Circulation: 116,422,284
Library visits: 70,797,995
Reference Transactions: 13,622,056
Volumes & Serials Held: 39,741,643
Electronic Format Materials: 11,672,181
FTE all Library Staff: 6,851
Operating Expenditures: $524,835,369
Total income (all sources) per capita (average): $20.98

 National Comparison Data2

Total Operating Revenue per capita: $19.68
Texas ranks 48th out of 51 (includes District of Columbia)

Total State Operating Revenue per capita: $0.23
Texas ranks 41st out of 51 (includes District of Columbia)

Total Local Operating Revenue per capita: $19.07
Texas ranks 42nd out of 51 (includes District of Columbia)

 


2008 statistics from the Texas State Library and Archives Commission (2008 most recently published year)1 and national comparisons from the Institute for Museum and Library Services (Fiscal Year 2007 most recently published year)2

 

Texas Data1
 

Number of Public Libraries: 563
Additional Number of Branches, Bookmobiles: 315
Total Outlets: 878
Population Served: 22,266,111
Circulation: 109,262,532
Gate Count: 73,978,740
Reference Transactions: 15,805,910
Volumes Held: 23,552,953
FTE Library Staff: 5,615
Operating Expenditures: $439,972,169
Total income (all sources) per capita (average): $20.21
 

National Comparison Data2
 

Total Operating Revenue per capita: $19.28
Texas ranks 48th out of 51 (includes District of Columbia)

Total State Operating Revenue per capita: $0.13
Texas ranks 44th out of 51 (includes District of Columbia)

Total Local Operating Revenue per capita: $18.36
Texas ranks 43rd out of 51 (includes District of Columbia)

Statistics
1.Statewide data sets from public libraries are collected every year by the Texas State Library and Archives Commission. The information is very extensive and includes totals and comparisons for programming, services, expenditures, and revenues.

2. National data are compiled by the Institute for Museum and Library Services each year. The information is very extensive and includes totals and comparisons for programming, services, expenditures, and revenues.

For additional information, contact Gloria Meraz.


Created on Apr 6, 2010 | Last updated January 31, 2018