Interesting Facts About Libraries

The American Library Association has come up with a list of “Key Facts About 21st Century Libraries”.  While many of the numbers on the list concern just public libraries, the statistics are worth noting.  Among the more interesting ones:

Reference questions answered per week in 2011 by U.S. public and academic libraries–6.6 million

Miles a single-file line of 6.6 million people would stretch–3,855 (from Maryland to Alaska)

Dollars spent in the U.S. each year on school-library materials–1 billion

Dollars spent in the U.S. each year on home video-games–18.6 billion

Number of times American students visited a K-12 library in 2011–1.3 billion

Number of movie tickets sold in 2011–1.3 billion

Number of public libraries and branches in the U.S. in 2011–16,415

Number of McDonald’s franchises in the U.S. in 2011–12,546

And, most disturbingly for us: Cents of each dollar spent on higher education in 2011 that academic libraries received–three

To see the full list, click here and scroll to the bottom.  (There’s also information on the most important legislative issues facing libraries across the country in 2015.)

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