Oklahoma Public Libraries
By the Numbers
Books and other materials checked out annually from Oklahoma
public libraries, almost 6 items for every Oklahoman. More than 7
million of these items are checked out for use by children. The state’s
public libraries house more than 8 million books, CDs and DVDs.
Visits to Oklahoma’s public libraries in a year. That’s 5.5 visits for
every man, woman and child officially served by a library, and 4.6
visits for every person in the state.
Reference questions handled by Oklahoma public libraries in a
year—more than 79,000 questions a week.
Public Internet sessions conducted annually at public libraries, from
Guyman to Broken Bow, Miami to Altus. Oklahoma’s public libraries
have almost 2,800 public access computers and WiFi to serve their
Oklahomans who have a public library card.
Annual attendance at programs offered by the state’s public libraries.
People employed by Oklahoma public libraries making the amazing
numbers above happen.
January 2013 • Source: FY2011 Annual Report of Oklahoma Public Libraries