Libraries: The number of libraries in a given area
Reference U.S.A – U.S. Business Database
Why are these variables important to measure?
The role and use of public libraries is changing as more information becomes available to people through the use of individual technology. Despite these changes, a large majority of Americans still believe that public libraries bring value to their local communities. According to a 2015 Pew Research Center study, public library use is relatively equally spread across urban, rural, and suburban areas and across races. Women and young people reported higher rates of usage as compared to their male and older counterparts.
Libraries can also serve as a resource for computers, internet, and job search resources, particularly for low-income communities. People also reported using libraries for health information, learning about community events and resources, and learning new technologies.
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This story was created in partnership with the Center for Financial Empowerment, a program of the Los Angeles County Department of Consumer & Business Affairs.