Southington Library: A Statewide Comparison
Prepared by: Susan Smayda, Executive Director, Southington Library & Museum
Source of Data: Connecticut’s Public Libraries: A Statistical Profile 2013-2014 Connecticut State Library
The charts provided here offer a comparison to regional libraries serving populations similar to Southington.
Staffing: Southingon ranks in the bottom 8% of Connecticut libraries when comparing full time equivalent staff. Of 178 libraries reporting, Southington Library ranks 164th or 14th from the bottom. See Chart #1 for a regional comparison.
Materials/Programs: Comparing per capita expenditure on materials (books, DVDs, books-on-tape, etc.) Southington Library is in the bottom 32% among Connecticut libraries [Chart #2]. We also fall far short in program expenditure per capita [Chart #3]
Facility: At 21,000 square feet Southington Library ranks in the bottom 8% in square feet per capita statewide. [Chart #4]
Service hours: Though we are among the lowest in staffing and materials expenditure, we are in the top 13% of Connecticut libraries when comparing the number of hours we are open each week [Chart #5].
Circulation: We are in the top 16% in items circulated per hour [Chart #6].