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ERIC Number: ED221229
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1982
Reference Count: N/A
Statistics of Public Libraries, 1977-1978.
Based on a study of U.S. public libraries which was part of the 1977-78 Library General Information Survey (LIBGIS), this statistical report updates a similar 1974 publication. A definition of public libraries as used in the survey is provided, as well as information on public library service outlets, equipment, staffing, receipts, expenditures, collections, circulation activities, interlibrary loans, usage, opening hours, and physical facilities. The text of the report provides comparisons with the 1974 survey and is illustrated by 14 tables. Two appendices present a discussion of survey methodology and 30 extensive tables with statistical data arranged by region, population served, and library metropolitan status. Selected report findings are listed as follows: (1) there were 8,456 public libraries in the United States in 1978 with over 8.5 million weekly visitors; (2) public libraries circulated over 986 million items and provided 8.8 million interlibrary loans; (3) approximately 4 million reference questions were answered and in-library use of materials exceeded 3 million; (4) libraries received over $1.5 billion during fiscal year 1977 and expended over $1.4 billion; (5) library collections totaled over 439 million volumes with over 26 million volumes added in 1978; and (6) 53 percent of public library professional staff had graduate degrees. (ESR)
Descriptors: Degrees (Academic), Library Acquisition, Library Collections, Library Equipment, Library Expenditures, Library Facilities, Library Materials, Library Personnel, Library Services, Library Surveys, National Surveys, Public Libraries, Reference Services
Superintendent of Documents, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC 20402 (Stock Number 065-000-b0136-5, $6.50).
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Center for Education Statistics (ED), Washington, DC.