January 19, 2022

Visualizing Library Statistics: Number of Internet Computers Used by General Public in U.S. Public Libraries (1998-2010)

Courtesy of Data-Planet

Here’s the second interactive data visualization in our new library data visualization series that we began last week using the database and interactive visualization technology from Data-Planet.

What You’re Viewing

You’re looking at a static image of an interactive graphic (with more data) that you can access by either clicking the image or by clicking this link. 

The chart provides a look at library’s Internet computers [personal computers (PCs) and laptops], whether purchased, leased, or donated, used by the general public in the library from 1998-2010.

The interactive version of the chart allows you to view 2010 data in a number of ways:

  • Ranking by State (Graph)
  • Heat Map (By State)
  • Ranking by County (Graph)
  • Heat Map (By County)

The data comes from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) Public Libraries in the United States Survey.

Definitions for each data set can be accessed here.

You’ll also be able to save the material in XLS, CSV, or PDF formats. Of course, background information about the data set as well as a citation are provided.


We’re tapping a pre-beta release of a new Data-Planet product some of the additional links you’ll find on the page are live while others are not. Also, the relevance of some of the additional results you can tap will vary as Data-Planet works towards the beta release.

See Also: Visualizing Library Statistics: Academic Library Ebook Holdings, 2002-2009

About Gary Price

Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.