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From Awareness to Funding: Voter Perceptions and Support of Public Libraries in 2018

March 21, 2018

This summary includes key findings from the 2018 research and highlights notable comparisons to 2008 results. The analysis shows that libraries remain valued institutions that most voters have a positive association with and find useful. There continues to be stalwart support for library funding in many communities as evidenced by the fact that the majority of local library ballot measures in recent years have passed. This new national voter data, however, indicates a softening in committed support for libraries over the past decade. Libraries and library advocates should take action to address this downward trend.Key Findings:a majority of US voters believe public libraries are essential to communities and a source of civic pridevoters still highly value traditional library services such as free access to books and quiet areas, but also increasingly value the library as a community hubthere continues to be a disconnect between the services libraries offer and public awareness and support for those servicesalthough a majority of voters are likely to support library funding at the local ballot box, fewer are committed to definite support than a decade agoa majority of voters still do not realize that the primary source of library funding is local

Libraries Connect Communities: Public Library Funding & Technology Access Study 2008-2009

September 15, 2009

Based on a survey of public libraries, examines trends in demand for, provision of, and quality of free computer and Internet services and in library budgets. Includes state data and suggestions for improving public access connectivity and infrastructure.

Libraries Connect Communities: Public Library Funding & Technology Access Study 2006 - 2007

January 1, 2007

Examines the findings of a survey, a questionnaire, and state focus groups that pertain to funding for and access to computers and the Internet in U.S. public libraries.