"The number of visits to public libraries in the United States increased 61 percent between 1994 and 2004.", shows a recent study released today by the American Library Association (ALA) for the upcoming National Library Week, April 15-21.
Only in fiscal year 2004 there were nearly two billion visits to U.S. libraries, cites the 2007 State of America's Libraries report. "In the case of academic libraries, the number of visits exceeded more than one billion for the first time in 2004, up more than 14 percent in just the previous two years."
The study also points out that attendance to children programs was up 42% and so was the circulation of children materials by 44 %. In total the circ at public libraries increased by 28 percent from 1994 to 2004.
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