Harlem Libraries

I thought it might be interesting to look at Harlem Libraries from a data perspective.

Here is the data on which of the Harlem branches have the most holdings:

Keen readers will, however, wonder if the size of holdings is somehow related to the nearby population. To do this, the population within 3/4 of a mile of each library has been used in the calculation. The results are fascinating.

The Countee Cullen Branch on West 136 (behind the Schomburg, has almost one book for every person in the neighborhood.

By contrast, the Harlem Branch (West 124th Street, on Marcus Garvey Park) and the 115th Street Branch have only one book for 3 people.

The other 3 branches have roughly 1 book for every two residents.

Thoughts or comments on this post?