Libraries are America's Most Democratic Institution.
Libraries ensure people have access to information and lifelong learning regardless of age, education, ethnicity, gender, language, income, physical limitations or geographic barriers. Libraries strengthen communities and help create a more literate and just society.
With over 17,000 library buildings and bookmobiles (some of which serve as mobile Internet access points) in communities, public libraries are essential community institutions that deliver the resources their communities need to thrive.
- 84% of libraries offer technology training to patrons in computer software use;
- 76.8% of libaries provide online health resources and 60% offer programs to help Americans identify health insurance resources and get better informed on health topic;
- 73.1% of libraries provide programs that assist individuals apply for jobs, create resumes, and prepare for interviews;
- 97% of libraries help people complete online government forms.
Recent Pew research indicates that 78% of Hispanics, 72% of women, 70% of parents of minors, and 70% of those 50 or older say that closure of the public library would have a major impact on their community.
-From Libraries Transform campaign. An initiative of the American Library Association