In 1996, Colorado ranked in the top half of the states on most public library statistics. Three statistics on which the state ranked in the middle among the lowest are noteworthy:
- Colorado was one of only a half dozen states in which public libraries received no regular income from state government. In every other state, equity of access to public library services is guaranteed by a reliable, annual program of state funding. Among the vast majority of states with such programs, the level of support averaged two dollars per capita.
- Colorado ranks in the middle of the 50 states and D.C. on several statistics:
- Colorado is 18th in staff per 25,000 served
- Colorado is 19th in visits per capita
- Colorado is 23rd in ILLS received per 1,000 served
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