Library Data

Collecting and analyzing data about libraries and their future .
Continuing scale - publishers vs public libraries
At first this comparison makes libraries seem closer in scale to publishers… until you look at the labels.  What we’re looking at is the total volume sold by publishers in 2009 compared to the total number of volumes in the collections of public libraries in 2009. Put perhaps more clearly: In 2009 US Publishers sold books numbering the collections of all public libraries 3 times over.

Data sources: 
Association of American Publishers
Public Libraries Survey 2009

Continuing scale - publishers vs public libraries

At first this comparison makes libraries seem closer in scale to publishers… until you look at the labels.  What we’re looking at is the total volume sold by publishers in 2009 compared to the total number of volumes in the collections of public libraries in 2009. Put perhaps more clearly: In 2009 US Publishers sold books numbering the collections of all public libraries 3 times over.

Data sources: 

Association of American Publishers

Public Libraries Survey 2009