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V-17b: Public-Use Internet Computers in Public Libraries per 5,000 People, by State, Fiscal Year 2010*

* Based on the total unduplicated population of libraries' legal service areas. Calculations were performed only on those libraries meeting Institute of Museum and Library Services criteria for public libraries.

Source: Institute of Museum and Library Services, “Table 11: Number of Public-Use Internet Computers in Public Libraries and Uses of Internet Computers per Year, by State: Fiscal Year 2010,” in Public Libraries in the United States Survey: Fiscal Year 2010: Supplementary Tables (Washington, DC: Institute of Museum and Library Services, 2013), 34–35.

Indicator V-9b displays for each state (and the District of Columbia) the number of Internet computers made available by public libraries per 5,000 population in fiscal year 2010. States are classified by quintile. (Quintiles divide a set of values ranked in ascending order into five equal groups, each constituting one-fifth of the values. In this case, the first quintile includes the 20% of states with the lowest number of computers available for Internet use at public libraries, while the fifth quintile encompasses the 20% of states with the highest number.) The values presented are based on the total unduplicated population of libraries’ legal service areas. A library’s legal service area is the geographical area that by state or local statute a library is mandated to serve. “Unduplicated” refers to the fact that the population figures have been adjusted to compensate for overlapping service areas. To simply add the populations of all service areas would be to double count those people residing in areas served by more than one library.

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