Released: December 12, 2013
Public Approval of Libraries as They Are Is Still Enviable
In an environment where many institutions are plagued with a lack of public confidence, libraries still stand out as trusted and valued. A recent Pew study shows that the large majority of Americans 16 and older say that public libraries play an important role in their communities. According to this study:
- 95 percent of Americans 16 and older agree that the materials and resources available at public libraries play an important role in giving everyone a chance to succeed;
- 95 percent say that public libraries are important because they promote literacy and a love of reading;
- 94 percent say that having a public library improves the quality of life in a community; and
- 81 percent say that public libraries provide many services people would have a hard time finding elsewhere.
So much for that nonsense about our not needing libraries as they exist anymore. Most Americans feel that library closures would have a negative impact on them and their communities. […]