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2011-2012 Statistical Report of North Carolina Public Libraries

Public library statistics for other years

Each annual statistical report provides an overview of the staff, finances, collections, services, usage, and automation in North Carolina's public libraries. To facilitate comparisons, libraries are arranged by type (county, regional or municipal) and within type, by population of the legal service area. The legal service population figures are taken from the Population Estimates and Projections published by the North Carolina Office of State Budget and Management.

The deadline for submission for the 2011-2012 statistical report was September 30, 2012. While all 77 public library systems returned their annual report form, not all items on each form were filled out. Data element fields that were left blank or were reported as N/A are generally entered as "N/A."

New! Beginning in 2011-2012, the downloadable data includes not only the traditional tables but also a copy of all survey data in computer-readable form for those who would like to analyze the data further on their own. This data can be found in the first worksheet (titled "All data (computable)") of the spreadsheet "Complete report & data in computer-readable format." This same worksheet also includes totals and mean averages for every data field faceted by NC department of commerce county tier designations for economic wellbeing, library type (county, regional, municipal), and NC as a whole. NC department of commerce county tier designations for economic wellbeing have also been added to the Library Profile table.