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Statistics for Connecticut Public Libraries: Statistical Profile

Start here for information on obtaining and using library statistics for your library, and for libraries throughout Connecticut and the United States.

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Connecticut Public Library Snapshot

  • 169 Towns in Connecticut
  • 165 Principal Public Libraries
  • 4 Towns with no libraries (contract with other towns)
  • 26 Non-Principal Public Libraries
  • 191 Total Public Libraries (counting by administrative unit)
  • 47 Branch Libraries
  • 238 Total Libraries including Branches
  • 5 Libraries have Bookmobiles
  • 243 Total Library “Outlets” (including branches and bookmobiles)

State Data Coordinator

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Maria Bernier
Contact:
Middletown Library Service Center
786 South Main St.
Middletown, CT 06457
860-704-2204

Connecticut's Public Libraries: A Statistical Profile

2020 Statistical Profile: July 2019 to June 2020. Official version, released January 21, 2021.screenshot of first page of Statistical Profile

The CT Public Library Annual Report provides the data for this Profile.

Data organized by library and by municipality:

Use the filter/sort tool in the Statistical Profile to choose specific libraries by any variable (including population and wealth) and then sort them by any variable. This is an important tool if you are trying to compare libraries that serve the same size and type of community. To make your own charts from this profile, go to the Chart & Report Creators page.

Statewide data representing all CT public libraries:

These statewide numbers come from the 2020 Statistical Profile - look there for much more detail.

19,415,410

Total Circulation

5.45

Circulation Per Capita

11,972,895

Total Print Collection

70.4%

Books/serials as % of all circulation

17.1%

E-content as % of all circulation

13,193,982

Total Library Visits

39.4%

Percent of state population with library cards

2,137,848

Total Reference Transactions

2,180,139

Uses of Internet Workstations

93,130

Total Library Programs

1,791,759

Total Program Attendance

11,955

Virtual Programs for 270,833 Attendees

$57.04

Operating Expenditures Per Capita

$57.45

Operating Income Per Capita

1.14%

Percent of Total Municipal Revenue That Goes to Libraries

Data & Flyers | Weekly Drop-in Hours

Wednesday, February 3 – March 10, 1:30 pm

See calendar for all dates

Questions, conundrums, or just need another opinion as you crunch your data or craft your flyer? Come by a virtual drop-in session and meet with both Maria Bernier, Statewide Data Coordinator, and Ashley Sklar, Adult Services and Community Engagement Consultant. We are here to help!

How to use your State Annual Report data during budget season (and year-round)

Join Maria Bernier, State Data Coordinator, for an informative demonstration of how to sift through the mountains of Connecticut public library data in order to tell your library's story and answer common data questions. Learn how to use pre-made Excel charts to illustrate your budget presentations and documents. Let the data work for you!

Making the New Fact Flyers All Yours

With so much change captured in your 2020 Annual Report, why not wrap up all your data in some new fresh fact flyers? This year, we are offering a new set of fact flyers along with our traditional format to provide some different ways of highlighting the work that happens in our CT libraries. Join Ashley Sklar, Adult Services and Community Engagement Consultant, for some simple tips and tricks for personalizing these flyers as you think about your various potential uses for this information in terms of contexts and audiences. The three new flyers are At A Glance, Children and Young Adult, and COVID-19 Pandemic.

It is strongly encouraged that you request your library’s new fact flyer(s) no later than a week ahead of the program. Please visit Statistics for Connecticut Public Libraries: Flyers & Resources for Advocacy for samples and information on how to request your flyers.

Long-Term Data and Trends

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