Visits To Public Libraries Increased 10 % From 2002 to 2006

"Visits to libraries nationwide increased roughly 10 percent between 2002 and 2006 to about 1.3 billion", this is what journalists from Salt Lake City Tribune discovered when they analyzed data from National Center for Education Statistics.

*-Circulation, which measures how often library visitors check out print or electronic materials, increased nationwide about 9 percent, from 1.66 billion to 1.81 billion, between 2002 and 2006.

*- The number of Internet-capable computers soared 38 percent between 2002 and 2006 – from about 137,000 to nearly 190,000.

*- Rural states in the Midwest and New England had the highest numbers of Internet-ready computers per capita, according to the 2006 state numbers.

For materials and staffing libraries spend around $31.65 per person in 2005, with District of Columbia, and local governments in Ohio and New York spending the most – $50 per capita and local authorities in Mississippi, West Virginia, Arkansas and Tennessee spending the least – around $17.

The survey done by journalists in Salt Lake City confirms once more that libraries are vital part of their respectful communities all over the US. I wonder how do the futurists who predicted the decline of libraries almost 10 years ago, fill now, when they read these materials.

Via: Stephen's Lighthouse

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