A new Pew survey has found that Americans overwhelmingly support public libraries. 
It found that 90 percent of those surveyed think “the closing of their local public library would have an impact on their community” and a whopping 95 percent “agree that the materials and resources available at public libraries play an important role in giving everyone a chance to succeed.”
Despite wide agreement that public libraries are important, significantly fewer Americans (54 percent) said they have used one in the past year. And Pew didn’t ask what might be the most crucial question: Would Americans be willing to pay higher taxes to keep their public libraries open?
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(Photo: Brooklyn Public Library Children’s Room. Credit:  Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division)

A new Pew survey has found that Americans overwhelmingly support public libraries.

It found that 90 percent of those surveyed think “the closing of their local public library would have an impact on their community” and a whopping 95 percent “agree that the materials and resources available at public libraries play an important role in giving everyone a chance to succeed.”

Despite wide agreement that public libraries are important, significantly fewer Americans (54 percent) said they have used one in the past year. And Pew didn’t ask what might be the most crucial question: Would Americans be willing to pay higher taxes to keep their public libraries open?

More book news here.

(Photo: Brooklyn Public Library Children’s Room. Credit:  Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division)

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    I think that it really is surprising that people think that their local public libraries are as crucial as they really...
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    I wonder if public library lovers would visit more if we had more convenient and frequent hours of operation…
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    support your local library!
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