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ERIC Number: ED542739
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1942
Reference Count: 0
Public Library Statistics, 1938-39. Bulletin, 1942, No. 4
Dunbar, Ralph; Foster, Emery M.
US Office of Education, Federal Security Agency
The public library has much to contribute to the educational progress of the Nation. It is important, therefore, that statistical data regarding this essential social agency be gathered periodically, so that the development of its services, book collections, finances, and personnel can be recorded and studied. The purpose of this statistical compilation is to present data on the use, resources, personnel, and finances of the public libraries in the Continental United States and its outlying parts. the period covered is for the fiscal year which ended any time on or after June 30, 1938, and before July 1, 1939, this span of time being necessary because of the lack of uniformity in the closing dates of library fiscal years. In this study a public library is defined as "any library which has been officially charged with the responsibility or has voluntarily assumed the responsibility for providing free public service of a general nature, including both reference and circulation, to a particular community or to a more or less definite portion of it." Subscription libraries, ones which charge a fee for the borrowing privilege, are excluded from the list, as are also any libraries which did not appear on a permanent basis. It is hoped that this compilation will mark the beginning of a series of periodic surveys which will eventually become the source of basic and comparable library data. Such information is necessary in laying plans for the improvement and extension of library facilities. Topics covered in this bulletin include the following: (1) General facts about the compilation; (2) Number and distribution of public libraries; (3) Book stock and services rendered; (4) Personnel; (5) Receipts; (6) Expenditures and endowments; (7) Per capita book stock; (8) Per capita operating expenses; (9) Size of towns maintaining public libraries; (10) Libraries grouped by annual operating expenses; (11) Hours of opening; and (12) Statistics of individual libraries. Individual sections and tables contain footnotes. (Contains 11 tables and 2 figures.) [Best copy available has been provided.]
Descriptors: Library Services, Public Libraries, Statistical Data, Library Facilities, Library Materials, Librarians, Financial Support, State Aid, Income, Costs, Books, Operating Expenses
US Office of Education, Federal Security Agency.
Publication Type: Historical Materials; Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Federal Security Agency, US Office of Education (ED)