Who Needs Libraries Anyway?

Who needs libraries?  Turns out that a significant number of us rely on them …

“In casual conversation with family and friends, questions regarding the need for and future of libraries continue to come up. While presenting stats on increased circulation and visits are somewhat of a surprise, what really gets jaws to drop is the fact that almost one-third of Americans do not have high speed internet access at home. Those in the conversation quickly grasp the challenges faced by the “have-nots.”  This is always a great tie-in when highlighting the importance of libraries in providing essential services and bridging the digital divide …

So when libraries come up in the discussion around the holiday table, remember to share the big numbers, including the fact that in 65% of communities, the public library is the sole source for free access to computers and the Internet (73% in rural communities).  Trust me, you’ll see those jaws dropping.”

For the full article, go to “New Study on Internet Use at Home Ties to the Impact of Libraries.”



One response to this post.

  1. Posted by Lori Smith on December 29, 2011 at 2:35 pm

    It is so true and not recognised. There is a great need for the technology libraries provide.
    But another key thing in my belief is the services that public libraries provide for children of all ages.
    With the high expense of children’s books there are school programs that reach out with back pack programs but the richness and selection of materials and services provided by public library children’s services is really a big step higher.
    I remember my small daughter totally entranced by Tom Wellin in full concert tux and tails playing violin at a library story time one of many things that influenced her love of music. What a great way to bridge the experiential divide between children of different classes and backgrounds.


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