Did you know libraries play a critical role in the happiness of Americans, and that communities that spend more on libraries, parks, and highways are shown to support the well-being of community members?  The 2019 edition of ALA's Quotable Facts features a vertiable elevator speech full of interesting factoids about libraries of all types:

  • There were 113 million attendees at public library programs in 2016, more than all Major League Baseball, National Football League, and National Basketball Association games combined.
  • Digital media titles in U.S. public libraries have increased by 50% since 2014.
  • 84% of libraries offer technology training to patrons in computer software use.
  • 98% of public libraries offer free Wi-Fi.

These wallet-sized fold-out cards provide quick, relevant, and salient talking points and thought-provoking information for library advocates of all types interested in making the case for public, school and academic libraries. Download them here!


Packs of 50 are available for $10 (includes shipping and handling) per pack and available in English and Spanish. Call 1-800-545-2433, ext. 2428 to purchase. View the annotated version of Quotable Facts for source information and citations.

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