Special Report

Best States for Public Libraries

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40. Alabama
> Index score: 0.97
> Libraries and book mobiles: 6.3 per 100,000 (25th fewest)
> Visits: 3.0 per person (12th lowest)
> Total books and documents: 8,693,533, or 1.8 per person (13th fewest)
> Population in the Alabama service area: 4,874,747

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39. Tennessee
> Index score: 1.03
> Libraries and book mobiles: 4.3 per 100,000 (11th fewest)
> Visits: 2.7 per person (7th lowest)
> Total books and documents: 10,883,669, or 1.6 per person (10th fewest)
> Population in the Tennessee service area: 6,600,484

38. Delaware
> Index score: 1.10
> Libraries and book mobiles: 3.6 per 100,000 (7th fewest)
> Visits: 4.2 per person (25th highest)
> Total books and documents: 1,452,621, or 1.5 per person (7th fewest)
> Population in the Delaware service area: 967,974

37. Maryland
> Index score: 1.17
> Libraries and book mobiles: 3.5 per 100,000 (6th fewest)
> Visits: 4.1 per person (25th lowest)
> Total books and documents: 10,076,618, or 1.7 per person (11th fewest)
> Population in the Maryland service area: 6,016,447

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36. Minnesota
> Index score: 1.17
> Libraries and book mobiles: 6.1 per 100,000 (23rd fewest)
> Visits: 3.7 per person (20th lowest)
> Total books and documents: 13,474,520, or 2.3 per person (25th most)
> Population in the Minnesota service area: 5,965,664

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