Public Library Statistics Statewide Library Performance Indicators

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Visits Per Capita

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Visits Per Capita relates the number of people visiting the library to the population served. It can be thought of as representing the average number of times during a year that a member of the community uses the library. Visits Per Capita is calculated by dividing the library total attendance by the service area population or census/estimated population.

Service Area Population

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Census/Estimated Population

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Factors that Influence the Measure

  • Fluctuation in the size of the service area population
  • Library hours of service
  • Physical arrangement and convenience of library facilities
  • Community awareness of library service
  • Special programs--prizes, reading programs, etc.
  • Library circulation or acquisitions policies, loan period, fines
  • Age, condition, and size of the library's collection

Interpretation and Use

Visits Per Capita is one measure of the community's use of the library, whether for materials, programs, or meetings. A high score on the measure indicates heavy use of the facility. A low score may indicate several things. For example:

  • The hours the library is open does not fit the needs of the community;
  • The library's collection and/or programming does not meet the community's interests or needs;
  • Residents may be unaware of what the library has to offer;
  • The facility may be uninviting.