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The Value of Libraries

Strong Wisconsin libraries keep us all in a better state! Strong libraries are essential:

  • in a democratic society, providing the information that allows citizens to make informed decisions
  • to education, supporting curricula, teaching information literacy, and fostering critical thinking skills
  • because they provide opportunities for self-education, life-long learning, and self-improvement
  • because they provide a sense of community to their users.

Research and Links

There’s lots of information available about the value and importance of libraries. Here are a few good places to start.

Libraries: How They Stack Up [pdf], released by OCLC in 2010, provides a snapshot of the impact of libraries worldwide.

Articles and Studies Related to Library Value compiled by the American Library Association.

Statistics About Libraries from the American Library Association Office of Research and Statistics

The Value of Libraries. This article appeared in the Winter 2003 edition of TrusteeTales, a publication for library trustees from Winnefox Library System and Outagamie Waupaca Library System.

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.

ALA Office for Research & Statistics, ALA Public Information Office

Wisconsin Library Association Foundation

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