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Children’s Libraries

Updated July 31, 2012

Q. Are there stand-alone libraries serving children (other than those in schools, that is)?

A. A year ago we reported ten such libraries, but received additional information from our readers.  Here is our current list, with links checked and updated, as well. We now can report sixteen libraries,  ten affiliated with public libraries, one under construction, and five in other settings.

Public libraries with stand-alone libraries serving children:

Association Libraries

Q. How many public association libraries are there in the US? Why are they association and not municipal?

A. Table 5 of the “Public Libraries Survey Fiscal Year 2008”, published by the Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS)  indicates that 14.9% of the 9,221 public libraries reporting in 2008 were "Nonprofit association or agency libraries," or about 1,375 libraries, nationwide.

Looking Back ... and Forward

[We're departing from our usual format to hear from Emily Johnson, a student at the University of Michigan School of Information.  Emily joined the ALA Library staff for a week, attracted by a project to bring one of our special collections under bibliographic control.  Years ago, the staff in ALA's publishing department began an archive of each book or other item published by ALA.  This collection, which is strictly an internal resource (and partially duplicated at the ALA Archives), is under the Library