California's Public Libraries at a Glance
(FY 2015-16 data)

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Locations, staffing and facilities

  • 184 jurisdictions
  • 1119 outlets
  • 16,598 staff
  • 1,707 volunteer FTE per week
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Collections and Circulation

  • 82,185,788 total collection items (physical and digital)
  • Total collection use: 278,070,945
  • Total collection expenditures: $131,437,165
  • Physical item circulation: 177,370,168
  • Children's books held: 2,360,016
  • Young adult books held: 3,216,006
  • Interlibrary loans made: 3,526,193
  • Interlibrary loans borrowed: 3,297,841
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Public use

  • 154,544,298 library visits
  • 19,251,121 reference questions
  • 117,332 adult programs; 1,766,166 program attendance
  • 8,921 young adult programs; 600,033 program attendance
  • 231,824 children's programs; 7,450,369 program attendance
  • 29,126,038 annual uses of public internet computers
  • 128,278,588 virtual visits to library websites

For more statistics on California's public libraries, visit the California Public Library Statistics portal at http://www.californialibrarystatistics.com