2011 Public Library Funding and Technology Access Study Press Kit

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magazine cover: libraries connect commnitiesLibraries Connect Communities: Public Library Funding & Technology Access Study, 2010-2011, a new report released by the American Library Association (ALA) says U.S. public libraries continue to expand as technology centers for communities, providing essential resources for job seekers and support for critical e-government services. In addition, as the demand for e-books increases, libraries are the starting place for free downloads. However, budget cuts have forced libraries across the country to scale back drastically on operating hours and access to services, just when resources are most needed. For more information  read the press release.


 

Key Findings:

  • 99.3% of public libraries offer free access to computers and the Internet. Over 64% of libraries report that they are the only source of free Internet access in their communities.
  • 86% of public libraries provide free Wi-Fi.
  • 70% of libraries report public use of Internet computers increased in 2010.
  • 67% of libraries offer access to e-books.
  • A majority (60%) of libraries report flat or decreased operating budgets in FY2010, a jump from 40% in FY2009.
  • 16% of all libraries report decreased hours of operation. This translates to lost hours at more than 2,600 branches.


** More Key Findings (PDF)


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Media Contact

Judy Hoffman,
Project Manager,
Office for Research and Statistics (ORS)
1-800-545-2433 ext.4291
jhoffman@ala.org

 

Additional resources

Issues Briefs
Previous Studies
ALA's Office for Research & Statistics (ORS)
American Library Association Fact Sheet
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation U.S. Libraries Initiative


 

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