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Library Statistics and Figures: Number of Public Libraries in the United States Over Time

A collection of often requested numeric information about libraries in the U.S.

Number of Public Libraries in the United States Over Time

Number of Public Libraries in the United States Over Time*
Year Number of Public Libraries
1992 8,946
1993 8,929
1994 8,921
1995 8,981
1996 8,946
1997 8,967
1998 8,964
1999 9,046
2000 9,074
2001 9,129
2002 9,137
2003 9,211
2004 9,207
2005 9,198
2006 9,208
2007 9,214
2008 9,221
2009 9,225
2010 8,951
2011 8,956
2012 9,082
2013 9,091
2014 9,070
2015 9,068
2016 9,057

*All data in this table are from the Public Libraries Survey, which is conducted every year by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS)

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