In my story today about how city library hours have been shortened over the years, I briefly mentioned a 2007 report by the Independent Budget Analyst’s Office that found that San Diego spent less per-capita on library materials than cities or counties with similar library systems, such as San Jose, Detroit and Seattle.
For those who are curious in how the city’s libraries stack up, the report has some other interesting facts. Among them, San Diego had more libraries — 35 — than the comparison cities, but the per-capita square footage of San Diego’s libraries was smaller than most of the other cities. These numbers are all from the 2005-06 budget year.
You can read the report here here.