State of America's Libraries Report 2012

Libraries continue to transform lives, despite the challenges they faced in 2011. Patron demand for ebooks increased just as publishers decided to limit sales to libraries or increase the price dramatically.  Budget cuts continued as the national economy  struggles toward recovery from the Great Recession. The American Library Association continued to play a leading role in the battle for privacy and intellectual freedom. Read the Top Ten List of 2011's most challenged books.

Press release: 2012 State of America’s Library Report shows free access to information in jeopardy

Zmags version of the report at American Libraries Magazine 

2012 State of America's Libraries Report (PDF)

Cover: state of america's libraries report 2012 digital supplementExecutive Summary 
Introduction 
Public Libraries 

New Focus on Ebooks
School Libraries 
Academic Libraries
Social Networking
Library Construction and Renovation
Outreach and Diversity 
Washington Scene 
Intellectual Freedom 
Sources 
Feedback and Contact Information 

Reporters should contact:

Heather Cho
ALA Media Relations
Public Information Office
American Library Association
312-280-4020
hcho@ala.org