And I Thought All We Needed Was Amazon: "People Visited Public Libraries More Than a Billion Times in 2015"

The Institute of Museum and Library Services, has released "People Visited Public Libraries More Than a Billion Times in 2015."

Here's an excerpt:

The Public Libraries Survey report, released today by the Institute of Museum and Library Services, provides a snapshot of public library use, financial health, staffing, and resources in FY 2015. . . .

The 2015 report includes the following findings:

  • Nearly 311 million Americans lived within a public library service area in 2015, an increase from 306 million in 2014.
  • In 2015, there were 1.39 billion visits to public libraries, or 4.48 visits per person.
  • Public libraries offered 4.7 million programs in 2015, attended by nearly 107 million people, 5 million more attendees than the previous year.
  • Public libraries made 1.31 billion collection items available to patrons and provided access to over a quarter million internet computers.
  • The number of electronic materials available through public libraries, including audio, video and e-books, continued to grow. E-books, especially, have seen significant growth, increasing from 0.04 e-book per person in 2006 to just over one e-book per person in 2015. (See table below.)

Read the report: Public Libraries in the United States Survey: Fiscal Year 2015.

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Author: Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

Charles W. Bailey, Jr.