Public Libraries, Selected Characteristics: 2004

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The Statistical Abstract files are distributed by the US Census Department as Microsoft Excel files. These files have data mixed with notes and references, multiple tables per sheet, and, worst of all, the table headers are not easily matched to their rows and columns.

A few files had extraneous characters in the title. These were corrected to be consistent. A few files have a sheet of crufty gibberish in the first slot. The sheet order was shuffled but no data were changed.

The tables that were changed (this is table 1125):

0166 0257 0362 0429 0445 0446 0459 0461 0462 0464 0465 0466 0467
0469 0479 0480 0481 0482 0483 0484 0485 0486 0487 0559 0628 0629
1144 1227 1231

This dataset consists of a table of 26 rows and 9 columns.

9,130 represents $9,130,000,000. Based on survey of public libraries. Data are for public libraries in the 50 states and the District of Columbia. The response rates for these items are between 97 and 100 percent. See source for details


  1. The sum of central and branches libraries. The total number of
    central libraries was 9,047 the total of branch libraries was 7,502.
  2. Includes income from the federal government (0.5%) and other
    sources (8.0%), not shown separately.
  3. Full-time equivalents.
  4. Librarians with master’s degrees from a graduate library education
    program accredited by the American Library Association (ALA).
    Total librarians, including those without ALA-MLS, were 45,037.


Public Domain (Government Work)

This dataset was prepared by the government and is therefore in the public domain. There are no restrictions upon its use.