Public Library Systems Spend $47,000 Annually on Personal Computers

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Primary Research Group has published The Survey of Public Library Plans for Workstations, Personal Computers, Laptops and other Computing Devices, ISBN 978-157440-243-8. The study looks at the purchasing plans and computer use policies of public libraries in the United States and Canada.

Public libraries with more than 10 employees purchased a mean of 3.71 laptop computers in the past year.

The study found that the public library systems in the sample spent a mean of $47,357 for personal computers and workstations in the past year. Laptops make some inroads into the public library market, and public libraries with more than 10 employees purchased a mean of 3.71 laptop computers in the past year. Nonetheless, smaller libraries with a budget of less than $100,000 had an average stock of only 1.31 laptops. Spending was also modest on eBook Reading devices, an estimated mean of $483 on eBook reading devices in 2012. However, mobile computing is making its mark on the Nation's public libraries and 44.9% of the libraries sampled currently own or lease an Amazon Kindle and 18.37% of the libraries plan on purchasing a Barnes & Noble Nook over the next two years.

The report ($59.00) is available from Primary Research Group (http://www.PrimaryResearch.com) and also from major book vendors such as Amazon, Baker & Taylor, Yankee Book Peddler, Midwest Library Services, Overdrive and other distributors of content. For a free excerpt, table of contents and list of survey participants, or to place an order, visit our website at http://www.PrimaryResearch.com.

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