Registered Library Borrowers as Share of Population Served about 2004

 

Supporting data for Galbi, Book Circulation Per U.S. Public Library User Since 1856.

 

Source: State library statistics websites.

 

 

State

Year

Percent

Registered

Registered

Borrowers

Population

Served

Alabama

2003

46%

2,026,703

4,447,000

California

2004

55%

20,415,524

36,479,500

Colorado

2000

68%

2,845,768

4,163,200

Connecticut

2002

54%

1,869,085

3,460,503

Delaware

1999

47%

308,914

661,059

Florida

2000

50%

8,145,575

16,306,737

Idaho

2000

52%

576,439

1,109,604

Illinois

2000

54%

6,090,953

11,280,268

Indiana

2000

67%

3,446,904

5,152,825

Iowa

2004

62%

1,799,952

2,922,000

Kentucky

2004

52%

2,121,031

4,117,827

Maine

2004

68%

801,072

1,178,333

Maryland

2004

61%

3,322,530

5,428,800

Massachusetts

2004

80%

5,135,280

6,446,215

Michigan

2005

47%

4,627,202

9,938,444

Minnesota

2005

63%

3,299,804

5,205,091

Mississippi

2004

48%

1,402,015

2,902,966

Missouri

2004

54%

2,776,416

5,118,448

Montana

2004

47%

425,967

900,302

Nevada

2004

40%

964,430

2,410,768

New Hampshire

2004

47%

668,314

1,431,000

North Carolina

2004

51%

4,292,483

8,418,090

Ohio

2004

68%

7,821,028

11,459,011

Oregon

2004

61%

1,968,713

3,221,338

Pennsylvania

2004

48%

5,712,596

11,950,784

South Carolina

2004

52%

2,174,067

4,147,400

Tennessee

2005

46%

2,668,957

5,841,749

Vermont

2004

49%

298,747

610,569

Washington

2005

60%

3,709,444

6,135,179

West Virginia

2006

39%

707,151

1,808,350

Wisconsin

2004

57%

3,152,550

5,532,955

Total

56%

105,575,614

190,186,315

 

I could not find the number of registered borrowers for states not listed in this table.

 

Some of these numbers are based on listed aggregate statistics. These do not account for non-reporting, i.e. an individual library reports population served, but not registered borrowers. For California, libraries that did not report registered borrowers made up only 0.8% of total population served.

 

Duplication of borrowers and population served across libraries creates errors in these statistics. For borrowers and population served on the state level, I have typically chosen total borrowers and total population served (includes duplication across libraries).

 

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