Libraries in the U.S.

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Statista dossier on libraries in the United States

This dossier presents a range of statistics and facts about libraries in the United States. It includes information on employment, reading levels, e-books, funding and more.

Table of contents

  • 1. Employment
    • Industries employing the highest number of librarians in the U.S. 2017

    • States with the highest number of librarians in the U.S. 2017

    • Librarian wages in the most common librarian industries in the U.S. 2017

    • States with the highest wages for librarians in the U.S. 2017

    • Voter opinions on library staff, by share U.S. 2018

    • Share of voters who visited libraries online and in person U.S. 2018

  • 2. Reading
    • Average number of books read by U.S. consumers per year 2018

    • Average number of books read yearly by U.S. consumers 2018, by gender

    • Average number of books read yearly by U.S. consumers 2018, by income

    • U.S. reading consumption: average reading time in 2017, by gender

    • U.S. reading consumption: average reading time in 2017, by age

    • U.S. reading consumption: average reading time in 2017, ethnicity

    • U.S. reading consumption: average reading time in 2017, by employment status

    • U.S. daily time spent reading 2014-2017

    • Penetration of print book consumption in the U.S. 2011-2018

    • Penetration of book consumption in the U.S. 2011-2018

    • Penetration of book consumption in the U.S. 2018, by format

    • Book readers in the U.S. 2018, by age

    • Book readers in the U.S. 2018, by ethnicity

    • Book readers in the U.S. 2018, by education level

    • Book readers in the U.S. 2018, by gender

    • Book readers in the U.S. 2018, by household income

    • Book readers in the U.S. 2018, by urbanity

    • Non-book readers in the U.S. 2018, by education

    • Non-book readers in the U.S. 2018, by ethnicity

    • Book formats preferred by U.S. consumers 2018, by gender

  • 3. E-books
    • Penetration of e-book consumption in the U.S. 2011-2018

    • E-book readers in the U.S. 2018, by age

    • E-book readers in the U.S. 2018, by ethnicity

    • E-book readers in the U.S. 2018, by household income

    • E-book readers in the U.S. 2018, by education level

    • E-book readers in the U.S. 2018, by urbanity

    • Digital title borrowing from libraries and schools in the U.S. 2017

  • 4. Library funding opinions
    • Share of voters who support federal funding for libraries U.S. 2018

    • Willingness of voters to pay more in taxes to support public libraries U.S. 2008-2018

    • Share of voters who think public libraries should be a top priority U.S. 2008-2018

    • U.S. voters who think library funding should be cut in a budget crisis 2008-2018

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