Online Public Library access and Local Library Info




Looking for a good online public library? Shown above is a screenshot from one of the best public libraries on the internet. See the links below to access open library.org. 


This page features a list providing data about public libraries in the United States. It includes:

  1. The actual number of public libraries per state (#L), compiled from a detailed search of the Yellow Pages. 
  2. The average number of people per library (P/L), a function of the total state population, divided by the number of public libraries in each state.
  3. The average number of square-miles-per-library (SM/L), which is the total state land area (not including water) divided by the number of public libraries in each state. It's meant to give some idea of how far you'd have to travel to get to the nearest public library.

In other words, lower numbers are better for the last two columns.


Interesting point: Column 2 (people per library) correlates noticeably with Morgan Quitno's Smart State Ranking, even though the criteria used for that ranking did NOT include anything about public libraries. 

Clearly, an online public library is a necessary part of our daily lives in the digital age. 




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STATE                     # L         P/L           SM/L

ALABAMA                 338        13,485          150

ALASKA                     53        12,522      10,792





ARIZONA                  148        40,130      768

ARKANSAS                193        14,400      270

CALIFORNIA            1,712       21,105        91

COLORADO                326       14,310      318

CONNECTICUT           361         9,724        13

DELAWARE                  44       19,171        44

FLORIDA                    649       27,411        83

GEORGIA                   473       19,181      122

HAWAII                       42       30,362      153

IDAHO                       145         9,856      571

ILLINOIS                 1,004       12,713        55

INDIANA                    677         9,264        53

IOWA                         558         5,316      100







KANSAS                    446        6,154         183

KENTUCKY                273       15,287         146

LOUISIANA               398       11,366         109

MAINE                      217         6,090         142

MARYLAND               285        19,650           34

MASSACHUSETTS      380        16,839          21

MICHIGAN                796        12,715          71

MINNESOTA              500        10,266        159

MISSISSIPPI             228        12,812        206







MISSOURI                 497       11,671        139

MONTANA                 100          9,357     1,456

NEBRASKA                229          7,680        336

NEVADA                      67        36,042     1,639

NEW HAMPSHIRE       163          8,036          55

NEW JERSEY              306        28,490          24

NEW MEXICO               37        52,118     3,280

NEW YORK              1,449        12,845          31







NORTH CAROLINA       536      16,200        91

NORTH DAKOTA            77        8,269      896

OHIO                       1,069      10,724        38

OKLAHOMA                 295      12,027      233

OREGON                     165      22,067      582

PENNSYLVANIA            764     16,269        59

RHODE ISLAND             66      16,306        16

SOUTH CAROLINA        229     18,581       131

SOUTH DAKOTA             71     10,929     1,069

TENNESSEE                 389     15,329        106







TEXAS                        969      23,591        270

UTAH                           79      31,261      1,040

VERMONT                   122        5,107          76

VIRGINIA                   454       16,168          87

WASHINGTON             262       23,999       254

WEST VIRGINIA          151       12,032        159

WISCONSIN                555         9,975         98

WYOMING                     81         6,287    1,199



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