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How to Libraries Stack Up?

How Libraries Stack Up 2010

April 13, 2010

How important are libraries to the communities that they serve? 

As we celebrate National Library Week, Libraries are the Heart of the Community, a report , " How Libraries Stack Up: 2010" was recently issued from OCLC illustrating some answers to these questions:

  • Every day 300,000 Americans get job-seeking help at their public library.
  • Nearly 12,000 libraries offer wireless Internet access.
  • 2.8 million business owners and employees use public library resources to support their business.
  • Library cards are almost as prevalent as credit cards--two-thirds of Americans have library cards.
  • 5,400 libraries over technical training classes.
  • 2.1 million DVD's are borrowed from libraries for free every day.
  • 1.4 billion Americans visit their libraries, more often than they go to movies or sporting events.
  • Every day 225,000 people use library meeting rooms.
  • Public libraries circulate 7.9 million materials every day; as many materials as FedEx ships worldwide.

You can see the report here.