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Public Libraries

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Jenna Daly

Public Libraries reports the total and per capita service use and finances of public libraries.

Civic Vitality


Public libraries provide free borrowing privileges and services to their patrons and receive financial support from local tax funds. Public libraries may be municipal, which are established by and administrative units of local government, or association, which are not units of town government but receive some public funding. Some towns are served by more than one public library. The Public Libraries data set aggregates individual library services and finance data to the town level. Library visits include all persons entering a library for any purpose, including persons attending meetings or activities and persons requiring no staff assistance. Circulation counts all library materials of all formats lent out for use outside the library, including renewals. Registered borrowers are all town residents to whom a library has issued membership. Reference questions counts all interactions in which library staff provide information, knowledge, or recommendations to patrons. Town tax appropriation indicates the funds allotted to the library's operation budget from the town. The Adjusted Equalized Net Grand List per Capita (AENGLC) measures town wealth based on property tax and income per capita. Connecticut State Library collects and carries annual data.





Connecticut State Library


Municipalities revalue their grand lists at least every five years based on schedules established in statute. The Office of Policy and Management calculates the equalized net grand list from sales and assessment ratio information and the grand list reports filed by the municipality to account for the different assessment schedules.

AENGLC Rank;Circulation;Circulation per capita;Collection Size per capita;Collection Size;Internet Computer Use;Internet Computer Use per capita;Library Visits;Library Visits per capita;Program Attendance;Program Attendance per capita;Programs;Reference Questions;Reference Questions per capita;Registered Borrowers;Registered Borrowers per capita;Library Materials Expenditures;Library Materials Expenditures per capita;Municipal Appropriation;Municipal Appropriation per capita;Operating Expenditures;Operating Expenditures per capita;Operating Income;Operating Income per capita;State Appropriation;State Appropriation per capita;Wages and Salaries Expenditures;Wages and Salaries Expenditures per capita