ALA presents preliminary results from Public Library Funding & Technology Access Study

Contact: Larra Clark
Project Manager
For Immediate Release
May 29, 2007

ALA presents preliminary results from

Public Library Funding & Technology Access Study

CHICAGO - Starting in June, the American Library Association (ALA) will begin sharing results from the 2007 Public Library Funding & Technology Access Study. Preliminary data will appear in a postcard inserted in the June/July centennial issue of American Libraries, and initial findings will be presented to the study advisory committee Saturday, June 23, at 9 a.m. in Washington Convention Center Room 149A. The postcards also will be available at the ALA Annual Conference, June 21-27.

Among the 2007 findings:

* More than half (54.2 percent) of U.S. public libraries now offer free wireless access

* Library staff in more than half of public libraries provide assistance to patrons applying for or accessing e-government

* Sixty-eight percent of libraries offer online homework resources – serving the educational needs of more than 36 million school-age children

The Public Library Funding & Technology Access Study will assess public access to computers, the Internet and Internet-related services in U.S. public libraries, as well as the impact of library funding changes on connectivity, technology deployment and sustainability in FY2007-2009.

The final 2007 report will be available online and as a print-on-demand book in September 2007. More information, including links to more than a decade of related research on public libraries and the Internet conducted by the Information Institute at Florida State University, is available at

The project is made possible by funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the American Library Association. The survey is conducted by the Information Institute.