Magazine article American Libraries

Public Library Circulation Holds; Spending Jumps 7%

Magazine article American Libraries

Public Library Circulation Holds; Spending Jumps 7%

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THE 1983 INDEX OF AMERICAN Public Library Circulation was 107, the same as in 1982. The Index of Expenditures stood at 130 in 1983, compared with 121 in 1982; and in 1980 dollars the Index was 108 vs. 104 the previous year. So expenditures continued to climb--there was a 7% increase over the 1982 index value of 121--but circulation stayed the same.

The procedure for calculating the two indexes was explained in last year's report in the September 1983 issue (p. 534). Suffice it to say that we use a sample of 53 public libraries, which as a group had the same changes in their expenditures and circulation from 1975 to 1980 as did all U.S. public libraries serving over 25,000 people in 1980. As shown in the table, the adult/juvenile split of circulation was 68-32 in 1983, almost the same as in 1980, based on data from 37 of the 53 reporting libraries. The average percent of expenditures for salaries was 66% in 1983, for materials 14%, and for all other operating costs 20%--a measurable shift from the 63-16-21% distribution in 1980.

Using the figures from the last national survey of public libraries published by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), we estimate that the total circulation of all public libraries last year was 1. …

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