Sources for “Did You Know?”

Each year, Americans visit a library six times more often than they attend a live sporting event. (How Libraries Stack Up, OCLC, 2010)

82% of public libraries offer wireless access. (Public Library Funding & Technology Access study 2009-2010, ALA and Center for Library and Information Innovation UMD, 2010)

75% of US teens have a library card. (Perceptions of Libraries 2010, OCLC, 2011)

44% of academic libraries in the US offer mobile services, such as mobile connections to their Web sites and catalogs. (Thomas, L.C. (2010, October).  Gone mobile? (Mobile Libraries Survey 2010), Library Journal,
http://www.libraryjournal.com/lj/communityacademiclibraries/886987-265/gone_mobile_mobile_libraries_survey.html.csp)

66% of public libraries nationwide offer e-books. (Public Library Funding & Technology Access study 2009-2010, ALA and Center for Library and Information Innovation UMD, 2010)

Reference librarians in the nation’s public and academic libraries answer nearly 5.7 million questions weekly. Standing single file, the line of questioners would span from Long Island, New York, to Juneau, Alaska. (Quotable Facts About American Libraries, ALA, 2009)

More libraries-5,400-offer technology training courses than there are computer training businesses in the US. (How Libraries Stack Up, OCLC, 2010)

Every day, 300,000 Americans get job-seeking help at their public library. (How Libraries Stack Up, OCLC, 2010)

Public libraries are the number one point of online access for people without Internet connections at home, school, or work. (Quotable Facts About American Libraries, ALA, 2009)

Students make 1.5 billion visits to school library media centers during the school year–this is 140 million more than attendances made to movie theaters in 2008. (Quotable Facts About American Libraries, ALA, 2009)

Americans go to school, public, and academic libraries nearly three times more often than they go to the movies. (Quotable Facts About American Libraries, ALA, 2009)

Every day, Americans borrow 2.1 million DVDs from libraries. (How Libraries Stack Up: 2010, OCLC, 2010)

50% of US teens (ages 14-18) reported using a public library computer during the past year (08-09). (Opportunities for All: How the American Public Benefits from Internet Access at US Libraries, IMLS, 2010)

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