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Most Americans Value Public Libraries, Poll Indicates

By Laura Greifner — July 06, 2006 1 min read

“Long Overdue: A Fresh Look at Public and Leadership Attitudes About Libraries in the 21st Century” is posted by Americans for Libraries Council.

Americans still value public libraries, even in the computer age, a public-opinion poll shows.

In the poll, a national random sample of 1,203 U.S. adults sponsored by the New York City-based Americans for Libraries Council and funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, 78 percent of respondents said that if their library shut down because of lack of funds, they would feel that “something essential and important has been lost, affecting the whole community.”