2012-2013 Statistical Report of North Carolina Public Libraries

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 2012-2013 survey ran from July 15 to September 15 2013. While all 80 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" or "-1".

Beginning in 2011-2012, the downloadable data includes a complete copy of all survey data in computer-readable form. 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.

As of 2012-2013, the State Library collected the following new data elements (marked in blue on the Excel spreadsheets). Many libraries will report this new data for the first time in 2013-2014:

  • Summer Reading Program: all SRP questions have been transferred to this survey
  • Circulation of electronic materials
  • Wireless usage
  • Wireless internet provided (branch level)
  • Broadband upload speed (branch level)
  • Broadband download speed (branch level)
  • Number of agencies partnered with to provide services/programs
  • Collection - e-periodicals
  • Collection - Young Adult Fiction
  • Collection - Young Adult Nonfiction
  • Circulation - Young Adult Fiction
  • Circulation - Young Adult Nonfiction
  • Circulation - e-books
  • Circulation - e-periodicals
  • Circulation - technology lending
  • Reference subset - technology/software/computing
  • Reference subset - jobs/resumes/career
  • Programs by type - technology/software/computing
  • Programs by type - jobs/resumes/career
  • Program attendance by type -- technology/software/computing
  • Programs attendance by type - jobs/resumes/career

The following questions were deleted from the survey:

  • Remote OPAC sessions
  • Count of serials volumes
  • Other print circulation
  • Other non-print circulation


The final data tables are below: