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HAPLR Building Size Listing Page

From 2006 Edition - To be updated to current data eventually. 

 Population   Far West   Great Lakes   Mid Eastern   New England   Plains   Rocky Mts   Southeast   Southwest   Average 
Over 500,000               0.3               0.8               0.6               0.8               0.5               0.7               0.5               0.4               0.5
250,000 to 499,999               0.4               0.7               0.5                 0.5               0.3               0.5               0.4               0.5
100,000 to 249,999               0.5               0.6               0.5               0.8               0.4               0.6               0.4               0.4               0.5
50,000 to 99,999               0.5               0.8               0.6               0.7               0.5               0.6               0.5               0.4               0.6
25,000 to 49,999               0.7               0.9               0.6               0.8               0.7               0.7               0.5               0.5               0.7
10,000 to 24,999               0.8               1.0               0.7               0.9               0.8               0.8               0.6               0.5               0.8
5,000 to 9,999               0.9               1.1               0.8               1.1               1.0               1.0               0.7               0.7               0.9
2,500 to 4,999               1.1               1.2               1.0               1.0               1.3               1.1               0.8               0.9               1.1
1,000 to 2,499               1.5               1.6               1.6               1.4               1.7               1.6               1.2               1.3               1.6
Under 1,000               5.8               5.5               4.4               2.2               2.9               2.8               3.2               3.4               3.4
Grand Total               1.6               1.3               1.1               1.2               1.8               1.2               0.7               0.9               1.2

Up until a few years ago, the U.S. was one of the few Western industrialized nations that did not keep track of public library building size. 

Taken together, these numbers tell us important things about library buildings in each region of the country.  For example, the smaller the population of the community, the more square feet per capita we find available.  Librarians that are planning buildings should keep this in mind.  They must also remember when planning a new building the square footage should be above average because the building must stand for the future.  The Southeast and Southwest have the smallest buildings relative to population, while the libraries in the Great Plains have the largest.    

Now that the data are more complete for building size, the HAPLR web site will include information for building planners that includes ranges and recommendations for library building size. 

Region

State

Far West

AK, CA, HI, NV, OR, WA

Great Lakes

IL, IN, MI, OH, WI

Mid Eastern

DC, DE, MD, NJ, NY, PA

New England

CT, MA, ME, NH, RI, VT

Plains

IA, KS, MN, MO, ND, NE, SD

Rocky Mountain

CO, ID, MT, UT, WY

South East

AL, AR, FL, GA, KY, LA, MS, NC, SC, TN, VA, WV

South West

AZ, NM, OK, TX

Revised October 2008

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