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What are the 50 Largest American Public Library Systems? Part IV

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The nineteenth-largest public library in terms of print holdings is the Hawaii State Public Library System. When I started this series in 2012, the statistics I had on hand show collections of 3,400,000 books and other print materials, 9,473 electronic books, 131,000 audio materials, and 7,789 print subscriptions when I began the series in 2012. More detailed statistics show collections of 3,375,658 volumes and other print materials, 9,473 eBooks, 131,591 audio materials, 118,825 videos, and 4,965 print subscriptions.

As of May 16, 2014, the Hawaii State Public Library System reported a collection of 3,786,671 volumes. The A.L.A. lists the sixteenth-largest public library (#70 overall) with a collection of 3,776,405 volumes.

The twentieth-largest public library in terms of print holdings is the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System. Originally, I ranked the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System in twenty-fifth place in a tie with the Las Vegas-Clark County Library District.

The statistics I had on hand showed the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System had collections of 2,200,000 books, five electronic books, 35,514 audio materials, and 3,599 print subscriptions. More detailed statistics show collections of 2,227,772 volumes and other print materials, five electronic books, 35,514 audio materials, 84,105 videos, and 3,599 print subscriptions.

As of May 28, 2014, it reported 3,700,000 volumes. It operates the Central Library & Library System Headquarters in Atlanta and thirty-one branches across Fulton County.

The twenty-first-largest public library in terms of print holdings is the Broward County Library, which is headquartered in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. When I began this series two years ago, I ranked it in twenty-first place with the Jacksonville Public Library and the Cuyahoga County Public Library in Ohio.

The statistics I had on hand showed the Broward County Public Libraries Division had collections of 2,600,000 books, 29,480 electronic books, 276,000 audio materials, and 10,938 print subscriptions. More detailed statistics show collections of 2,587,604 volumes and other print materials, 29,480 eBooks, 276,625 audio materials, 392,280 videos, and 10,938 print subscriptions.

As of May 14, 2014, it reported a collection of 3,438,122 volumes. The A.L.A. lists it as the eighteenth-largest public library with a collection of 3,477,312 volumes.

The twenty-second-largest public library in terms of print holdings is the King County Library System, which is headquartered in Issaquah, Washington. When I began this series in 2012, it had 3,800,000 books and other print materials, 18,802 electronic books, 305,000 audio materials, and 11,787 print subscriptions.

More detailed statistics show collections of 3,767,233 volumes and other print materials, 18,802 eBooks, 305,108 audio materials, 227,890 videos, and 11,787 print subscriptions. As of April 19, 2014, it reported a collection of 3,345,860 volumes. The A.L.A. lists the King County Library as the fifteenth-largest library (#62 overall) with a collection of 4,044,907 volumes.

The twenty-third-largest public library in terms of print holdings is the Buffalo & Erie County Public Library. When I began this series in 2012, I ranked it in twenty-sixth place in a tie with the Pinellass Public Library Cooperative in Clearwater, Florida and the District of Columbia District Public Library.

The statistics I had on hand showed a collection of 2,100,000 books, 47 electronic books, 89,463 audio materials, and 4,705 print subscriptions. More detailed statistics show 2,090,581 volumes and other printed materials, 47 electronic books, 89,463 audio materials, 48,394 videos, and 4,705 print subscriptions.

As of May 21, 2014, it reported a collection of 3,624,615 volumes. The A.L.A. lists it as the twenty-third largest public library with a collection of 3,211,709 volumes. The Buffalo & Erie County Public Library (B&ECPL) consists of the Central Library in downtown Buffalo and thirty-six community libraries (eight branches in the city and twenty-two contracting libraries that operate twenty-eight branches in the greater county).

The twenty-fourth-largest public library in terms of print holdings is the Houston Public Library. Originally, I ranked the Houston Public Library in twenty-second place.

The statistics I had on hand showed collections of 2,500,000 books, 3,729 electronic books, 142,000 audio materials, and 7,617 print subscriptions. More detailed statistics of 2,471,979 volumes and other print materials, 3,729 electronic books, 142,000 audio materials, 112,583 videos, and 7,617 print subscriptions.

The Houston Public Library (H.P.L.) has one Central Library, three Special Collection libraries (the Houston Metropolitan Research Center, the Clayton Center for Genealogical Research, and the African-American Library at the Gregory School), four Regional Libraries, thirty-one Neighborhood Libraries, four Express Libraries, one Mobile Express Library, and one Satellite Library (located in the Children’s Museum). As I mentioned in “2014 Library Interior Design Award-Winners,” it received an Honorable Mention in the field of Outstanding Historic Renovation Project for the Central Library’s Julia Ideson Building.

As of May 20, 2014, it reported a collection of 3,170,131 volumes. The A.L.A. lists it as the twenty-fourth-largest public library (#100 overall) with 3,061,773 volumes.

The twenty-fifth-largest public library in terms of print holdings is the Enoch Pratt Free Library in Baltimore, Maryland. When I began this series in 2012, I ranked the Enoch Pratt Free Library the twentieth-largest public library in terms of holdings.

The statistics I had at hand showed collections of 2,600,000 books, 24,000 electronic books, 55,389 audio materials, and 10,592 print subscriptions. More detailed statistics show the Enoch Pratt Free Library has collections of 2,601,897 volumes and other print materials, 24,000 electronic books, 55,389 audio materials, 51,777 videos, and 10,592 print subscriptions.

As of April 19, 2014, it reported a collection of 3,120,493 volumes. More specifically, it has 2,000,000 books; 11,000 magazines and newspapers; 20,000 videos, computer disks, and films; 1,200,000 federal and state documents.

In addition to the Central Library, the Enoch Pratt Free Library has the Regional Information Center (R.I.C.) in the Baltimore Metropolitan Council offices, which has 10,000 volumes on regional and urban planning; and twenty-two branches.

In 1971, the state legislature named the Enoch Pratt Free Library’s Central Library the State Library Resource Center (S.L.R.C.). Thus, it receives state financial support and all Marylanders can use it.

The Annex of the Central Library/State Library Resource Center opened in 2003. The Central Library/S.L.R.C. is currently undergoing renovations that should be finished in 2018.

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I revised this on Thursday, May 29, 2014 to place the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System in eighteenth-place. I revised this on Monday, June 9, 2014 to place the Columbus Metropolitan Library in seventeenth-place.

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