Library Registration and Circulation in U.S. Cities, 1890-1970

 

Supporting data for Galbi, Book Circulation Per U.S. Public Library User Since 1856.

 

Source: White, Lawrence J., The Public Library in the 1980s (Lexington, MA: Lexington Books), Table 4.7, p. 40.

 

 

Location

Library Registration

per City Population

Library Book Circulation

per City Population

Library Book Circulation

per Registered Library User

City

state

1890

1900

1910

1920

1970

1890

1900

1910

1920

1970

1890

1900

1910

1920

1970

Atlanta

GA

 

 

2.8

 

13.1

 

 

1.7

 

2.3

 

 

60.7

 

17.6

Baltimore

MD

10.8

6.7

7.3

6.5

10.7

1.0

1.3

1.3

1.3

3.9

9.3

19.4

17.8

20.0

36.4

Boston

MA

3.2

11.3

12.8

14.0

56.0

4.2

2.4

2.4

3.3

4.0

131.3

21.2

18.8

23.6

7.1

Brookline

MA

33.3

27.3

24.2

31.0

39.9

5.5

6.9

6.8

8.2

7.4

16.5

25.3

28.1

26.5

18.5

Brooklyn

NY

 

18.4

18.0

 

26.4

 

2.1

2.5

 

3.3

 

11.4

13.9

 

12.5

Buffalo

NY

 

18.7

27.5

29.0

13.5

 

2.8

3.2

3.6

5.4

 

15.0

11.6

12.4

40.0

Cambridge

MA

6.9

 

 

 

27.4

1.7

 

 

 

5.4

24.6

 

 

 

19.7

Cedar Rapids

IA

 

23.4

37.0

33.3

49.7

 

1.3

4.6

6.3

7.5

 

5.6

12.4

18.9

15.1

Chicago

IL

3.3

4.4

5.9

15.7

23.2

0.8

1.0

0.8

2.8

2.8

24.2

22.7

13.6

17.8

12.1

Cincinnati

OH

6.6

12.0

21.4

24.0

36.2

1.4

2.1

4.8

6.1

5.9

21.2

17.5

22.4

25.4

16.3

Cleveland

OH

 

14.1

23.4

23.6

33.8

 

2.1

4.0

4.8

5.6

 

14.9

17.1

20.3

16.6

Dayton

OH

 

 

 

14.4

37.4

 

 

 

2.5

6.2

 

 

 

17.4

16.6

Detroit

MI

10.2

11.1

13.5

17.5

23.2

1.3

1.8

1.9

2.6

2.0

12.7

16.2

14.1

14.9

8.6

Erie

PA

 

19.5

19.3

21.8

23.3

 

1.7

1.8

2.4

3.1

 

8.7

9.3

11.0

13.3

Jersey City

NJ

5.1

8.8

24.6

34.8

26.6

0.5

2.0

2.7

4.9

2.4

9.8

22.7

11.0

14.1

9.0

Lawrence

MA

16.6

17.6

 

 

41.4

2.1

1.5

 

 

3.9

12.7

8.5

 

 

9.4

Los Angeles

CA

 

21.1

16.3

26.7

46.2

 

6.4

2.7

5.8

4.3

 

30.3

16.6

21.7

9.3

Malden

MA

40.8

68.4

45.4

26.5

28.7

2.6

4.0

3.1

5.9

5.2

6.4

5.8

6.8

22.3

18.1

Milwaukee

WI

25.2

9.1

14.4

16.8

15.3

0.8

1.7

3.7

3.9

5.0

3.2

18.7

25.7

23.2

32.7

Minneapolis

MN

8.2

7.6

5.5

 

16.1

1.2

2.6

3.5

 

5.7

14.6

34.2

63.6

 

35.4

New Haven

CT

23.1

15.8

14.2

20.2

23.8

1.6

2.7

2.8

3.5

3.4

6.9

17.1

19.7

17.3

14.3

New Orleans

LA

 

2.3

5.0

 

25.0

 

0.3

1.0

 

1.7

 

13.0

20.0

 

6.8

Newark

NJ

10.4

35.2

48.2

8.6

26.6

1.7

1.3

2.7

1.5

4.7

16.3

3.7

5.6

17.4

17.7

Patterson

NJ

14.3

8.7

15.8

18.2

21.6

1.2

1.2

1.6

2.4

2.5

8.4

13.8

10.1

13.2

11.6

Philadelphia

PA

 

9.8

9.3

11.1

30.6

 

1.4

1.2

2.0

3.0

 

14.3

12.9

18.0

9.8

Pittsburgh

PA

 

5.4

22.5

50.9

37.3

 

0.7

2.2

2.4

7.8

 

13.0

9.8

4.7

20.9

Providence

RI

3.5

9.2

13.2

19.4

33.6

0.6

0.7

1.0

2.9

3.5

17.1

7.6

7.6

14.9

10.4

St. Louis

MO

1.3

8.5

12.8

14.7

23.6

0.4

1.2

2.5

2.6

4.6

30.8

14.1

19.5

17.7

19.5

Medians

 

10.2

11.3

15.8

19.8

26.6

1.3

1.7

2.5

3.1

4.2

14.6

14.9

14.1

17.8

15.7

 

 

The column headings 1890-1970 refer to years. I calculated the third section of figures from the first two.

 

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