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Most Americans Value Public Libraries, Poll Indicates

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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."

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