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IMLS Shares Data on Rural Libraries

IMLS (Institute of Museum and Library Services) released Rural Libraries in America: An Infographic Overview, which draws from “new data on the many thousands of rural public libraries in the United States and how they function in American society.” It includes statistics such as the following:
  • About 30 million Americans are served by the nation’s approximately 4,000 rural library systems. Their sheer number and broad distribution across the country speaks volumes about the value local communities place on library services.
  • In 2017, rural libraries ran nearly 750,000 programs with 12.5 million attendees. The fact that the number of library programs continues to steadily increase is a further testament to their resilience and continued relevance to rural life.
  • Between 2008 and 2017, the number of eBooks and downloadable audio materials has more than doubled, expanding resources available for rural residents. This increase in available resources is important to many of the patrons who are unable to visit their community library.

For more information, read the press release.

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