Libraries provide programming and services for job search and the improvement of job skills. Many libraries also serve as centers to establish, sustain, and promote entrepreneurship and small businesses.

  • Every day 300,000 Americans get job-seeking help at their public library.
  • 30 million people use library computers and internet access for employment or career purposes in a year.
  • 92% of libraries provide access to online job databases and resources.
  • 76% of libraries help people complete job applications online.
  • According to the University of Maryland’s Digital Inclusion Survey, most public libraries (in the 99%) report providing economic/workforce services. Of those, about 48% report providing entrepreneurship and small business development services.
  • Business owners and employees use resources at public libraries to support their small businesses 2.8 million times every month.

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