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Public library circ static, spending up 11.5%
Public library expenditures last year showed the largest annual increase since the inception of this annual survey in 1980. The 1990 Index of American Public Library Circulation was 124, the same as the circulation index for 1989, but the Index of Expenditures jumped 11.5% from 200 to 223. In constant 1980 dollars, the expenditures index rose eight points, or 6%, the largest percentage increase since 1984. This increase in expenditures follows the modest decrease in expenditures reported last year (AL, Sept. 1990, p. 740)
The index values are based on figures reported by a sample of 53 libraries representative of all U.S. …