The value of free internet access in American public libraries (infographic)
Today, more than 99% of American libraries offer free internet to the communities they serve, and 1 in every 3 Americans take advantage of it. It’s extremely important to fund libraries in this field, as the trend will continue to grow.
The infographic created by the design company Hyperakt, for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and American libraries, illustrates the value of free internet access in libraries and why they’re in critical need of funding.
There is no question that the internet has become an indispensable resource in today’s society. From employment to education, countless Americans rely on this modern innovation for day-to-day living. The problem is, not everyone is fortunate enough to have access.
Go deeper into the chart and you’ll discover that 1 in 2 people (and it’s 77 million in total) who visit the library, use the internet. In most cases it’s for education and training help (42%), but also to assist with career and employment (40%).
Libraries are struggling to maintain the quality of their services due to shortages in funding. They need more funds, especially that 84% of Americans believe that internet in public libraries is important for communities.