Did You Know…?

  • There are more public libraries in the US than McDonald’s; a total of 16, 549 buildings including branches. Less fattening too!
  • Reference Librarians in the US answer over 7.2 million questions weekly!
  • Americans check out an average of more than 7 books per year and spend an average of $30.49 a year for the public library – the cost of a hardcover book. What a savings!
  • Americans go to school, public and academic libraries 50% more often than they go to the movies.
  • Americans spend twice as much on salty snacks as they do on public libraries. That’s bad for your health and they don’t last as long!
  • Over 63% of American adults have library cards. They are the smart ones!


ALA Office for Research and Statistics, 2006

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