May 20, 2022

Infographic: Total Staff Expenditures and Total Operating Expenditures of U.S. Public Libraries, 2011

The team at Data-Planet has used their repository of officially sourced statistical data to create an infographic visualizing total staff expenditures and total operating expenditures of U.S. public libraries in 2011. The data itself comes from the Institute For Museum and and Library Services (IMLS).

Public libraries report total operating expenditures of almost $11 billion in fiscal year 2011, with total staff expenditures representing 66% of this total.

You can view and download the Data-Planet “Data Sheet” and infographic here.

See Also:Public Libraries in the United States Survey: Fiscal Year 2011

About Gary Price

Gary Price ( 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, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.