Access to Libraries

The 2017 Access to Libraries Grade is based on rigorous analysis of both the proximity and the availability of libraries for an area. Learn where our data comes from.

Factors Considered

Factor Description Source Weight
Access to Libraries Per Area A measure of the proximity (per square mile) of libraries. Institute of Museum and Library Services 50.0%
Access to Libraries Per Capita A measure of the availability (per capita) of offices of libraries. Institute of Museum and Library Services 50.0%

Statistics obtained from the U.S. Census represent the most recent data available.

For more details about how we calculate our rankings, click here.