Issue Briefs

 
 
 

Public Libraries & Access

With 100% of public libraries offering public access to the Internet, public libraries are a vital community link to the Internet, technology, and information. Public libraries are also essential providers of E-government, employment, and educational services and resources.

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Public Libraries & Broadband

Public libraries provide essential services to their communities through broadband technologies. Broadband enables millions of people with no or inadequate connectivity to have access to employment, learning, health, E-government, and other resources through public libraries.

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Public Libraries & Digital Inclusion

As builders of digitally inclusive communities, public libraries are essential community links to the Internet, technology, and information.

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Public Libraries & Digital Literacy

With 100% of public libraries offering public Internet access, public libraries serve as critical community-based providers of a range of instruction on digital technologies, materials, and content.

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Public Libraries & E-Government

Public libraries provide an essential link between government and citizens. As government information, services, and resources become digital – in many cases, digital only – public libraries serve as critical community gateways to electronic government (E-government) and civic engagement.

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Public Libraries & Employment

In a time of high unemployment in the United States, libraries have provided significant and impactful assistance to job seekers. Estimates show that as many as 30 million Americans rely on public libraries for career search assistance each year. 

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Public Libraries & Their Buildings

Public libraries are essential community links to the Internet, technology, and information, but their buildings limit their abilities to build digitally inclusive communities.

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