Each September, libraries across the country celebrate National Library Card Sign-up Month as a way to remind educators, parents and students that library cards are a pass to lifelong learning and academic achievement. If you or someone you know hasn’t been to the library recently, stop by this month to get signed up for your very own library card. Besides your card, be sure to pick up our latest calendar to see the many programs going on. If you have time, stop by the Reference Desk to learn how to use your card to download ebooks and stream videos – all for free!
The American Library Association has produced several interesting facts about libraries:
There are more public libraries than Starbucks in the U.S. – a total of 16,568 including branches. Nearly 100 percent of public libraries provide Wi-Fi and offer free access to computers.
There were 113 million attendees at public library programs in 2016, more than all Major League Baseball, National Football League, and NBA games combined. That’s 16.5 million more than in 2013.
The Library of Congress is the largest library in the world, with more than 167 million items on approximately 838 miles of bookshelves, which would span roughly the distance from The Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., to Cape Canaveral, Florida
Americans go to public libraries more often than they go to the movies.
In 2016, there were 1.4 billion in-person visits to public libraries across the U.S., the equivalent of about 4 million visits each day. That’s 2,664 per minute.
For more information, you can also click here to visit the “How Do I Get a Library Card” section of our website.