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

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The twenty-sixth-largest public library in terms of print holdings is the Mid-Continent Consolidated Library District, headquartered in Independence, Missouri. More detailed statistics show collections of 3,163,828 volumes and other print materials, 493 eBooks, 191,031 audio materials, 146,350 videos, and 7,719 print subscriptions.

As of April 13, 2014, it reported a collection of 3,076,599 volumes. The A.L.A. lists the Mid-Continent Public Library (M.C.L.D.) as the nineteenth-largest public library (#88 overall) with 3,419,516 volumes. Serving a population of 770,000 people residing in the suburbs, exurbs, and outlying areas around Kansas City, Missouri, the M.C.L.D. operates thirty-five libraries in three counties.

Tied for twenty-seventh-largest are the District of Columbia Public Library in Washington, D.C. and the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh. Originally, I had the District of Columbia Public Library in twenty-sixth place in a tie with the Pinellass Public Library Cooperative in Clearwater, Florida and the Buffalo & Eerie County Public Library in Buffalo, New York.

The statistics I had on hand for the District of Columbia District Public Library showed collections of 2,100,000 books and other print materials, no electronic books, 64,806 audio materials, and 4,750 print subscriptions. More detailed statistics show collections of 2,097,109 volumes and other print materials, no eBooks, 64,806 audio materials, 70,950 videos, and 4,750 print subscriptions.

As of April 17, 2014, it reported 3,000,000 volumes. It has the Martin Luther King Junior (MLK) Memorial Library, also known as the MLK Central Library, and twenty-five branches.

Originally, I had the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh ranked in twenty-ninth place in a tie with the Harris County Public Library in Houston, Texas; the Hennepin County Library in Minnetonka, Minnesota; and the Dayton Metro Library. The statistics I had on hand for the Carnegie Library in Pittsburgh showed collections of 1,800,000 books, 17,365 electronic books, 71,220 audio materials, and 3,405 print subscriptions.

More detailed, though equally dated, statistics show collections of 1,753,324 volumes and other print materials, 17,365 electronic books, 70,548 videos, 71,220 audio materials, and 3,405 print subscriptions. As of May 20, 2014, the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh reported a collection of 3,000,000 volumes. It has Main (Oakland) Library, the Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped, and seventeen neighborhood branches.

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

The statistics I had on hand showed collections of 2,200,000 books and other print materials, 32,157 electronic books, 257,000 audio materials, and 4,915 print subscriptions. More detailed statistics show collections of 2,247,818 volumes and other print materials, 32,157 eBooks, 257,000 audio materials, 304,225 videos, and 4,915 print subscriptions.

As of April 20, 2014, it reported a collection of 2,900,000 volumes. A winner of the 2014 National Medal for Museum and Library Service, it serves a population of 1,500,000 people in Las Vegas, other towns in Clark County, and remote rural areas of the county. It has a total of twenty-five branches (fourteen Urban Branches and eleven Outlying Branches).

The twenty-ninth-largest public library in terms of print holdings is the Saint Louis Public Library. When I started this series in 2012, the St. Louis Public Library (S.L.P.L.) tied for eighteenth place with the Orange County Public Library.

The statistics I had on hand for the S.L.P.L. showed collections of 2,800,000 books, no electronic books, 93,781 audio materials, and 6,216 print subscriptions. More detailed statistics show collections of 2,817,342 volumes and other print materials, no electronic books, 93,781 audio materials, 2,795 videos, and 6,216 print subscriptions.

As of May 12, 2014, the St. Louis Public Library reported a collection of 2,851,601 volumes. The A.L.A. ranked it as the twenty-first-largest public library (#90 overall) with a collection of 3,352,775 volumes.

As I mentioned in “2014 Library Interior Design Award-Winners,” the Central Library, which re-opened December 9, 2012, won the 2014 Library Interior Design Award in the category of Outstanding Historic Renovation Project. The S.L.P.L. also has fourteen branches.

The thirtieth-largest public library in terms of print holdings is the Cuyahoga County Public Library, which is headquartered in Parma, Ohio. When I began this series in 2012, I ranked it in a tie for twenty-first place with the Jacksonville Public Library and the Broward County Public Libraries Division in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

As of May 21, 2014, it reported a collection of 2,805,337 volumes. The A.L.A. lists it as the twenty-second-largest public library (#94 overall) with a collection of 3,252,456 volumes. The Cuyahoga County Public Library has both an Administration Building and a branch in Parma, and twenty-seven other branches.

The thirty-first-largest public library in terms of print holdings is the Allen County Public Library, which is headquartered in Fort Wayne, Indiana. When I began this series, the Allen County Public Library had 3,600,000 books, no electronic books, 121,000 audio materials, and 6,302 print subscriptions.

More detailed statistics show collections of 3,578,860 volumes and other print materials, no eBooks, 121,569 audio materials, 93,330 videos, and 6,302 print subscriptions. As of May 11, 2014, it reported a collection of 2,780,289 volumes. The A.L.A. lists it as the twentieth-largest public library (#89 overall) with a collection of 3,412,830 volumes.

The thirty-second public library in terms of print holdings is the Montgomery County Public Libraries, headquartered in Rockville, Maryland. When I began this series in 2012, the statistics I had on hand showed collections of 3,100,000 books and other print materials, 1,793 electronic books, 179,000 audio materials, and 3,890 print subscriptions.

More detailed statistics show collections of 3,059,569 volumes and other print materials, 1,793 eBooks, 179,352 audio materials, 1546,875 videos, and 3,890 print subscriptions. As of April 3, 2014, the Montgomery County Public Libraries reported a collection of 2,448,084 volumes.

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I revised this on Monday, June 9, 2014, in part to reflect the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh tied with the District of Columbia Public Library.

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